Sidney Weinberg, Air Force colonel, dies at 87

November 23, 2013
Sidney Weinberg
Air Force colonel

Sidney Weinberg, an Air Force colonel who served in three wars during his 32-year military career, died Nov. 13 at the Arden Courts of Fair Oaks nursing facility in Fairfax County. He was 87.

The cause was Alzheimer’s disease, said his son Dave Weinberg. Col. Weinberg was a longtime Fairfax city resident.

Sidney Weinberg was born in New London, Conn. He joined the Army during World War II and served in Europe as a glider trooper.

In 1949, he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut. He later joined the Air Force, serving as a supply officer in Korea and in Vietnam, including during the 1968 Tet Offensive.

He served on an assignment at the headquarters of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe before settling in the Washington area in 1972. He retired from the Air Force in 1980.

Col. Weinberg’s decorations included the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

His wife of 49 years, the former Phyllis Allen, died in 2002. Survivors include three children, Sharon Liotta of Leesburg, Va., retired Air Force Col. Dave Weinberg of Oak Hill, Va., and Alan Weinberg of Orange, Calif.; and six grandchildren.

— Emily Langer