Retired Army brigadier general George Francis Wooley, 83, a Veteran of both world wars who participated in the invasion of Southern France in World War II, died Monday at his home in Phoenix after a heart attack.
Gen. Wooley was branch chief in the procurement division in the office of the chief signal officer at the Pentagon from 1948 until his retirement from military service in 1949.
In 1951, he was named coordinator of civil defense for Montgomery County. He resigned a year later.
During World War I, Gen. Wooley served as an infantry officer. Between the wars, he commanded field artilery units at various posts in this country.
While serving in France as a signal officer with the 7th Army during World War II, he was responsible for the rehabilitation of the French and German underground cable systems. He also is credited with establishing a key signal post depot in Mannheim, Germany.
He was an instructor of military science and tactics at Harvard University from 1939 to 1941.
Gen. Wooley was born in Clinton, Tex. He was an April 1917 graduate of West Point, the last four-year class to graduate from the Academy before World War I.
In the late 1920s, he earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from Yale University.
He lived in Chevy Chase for 23 years, until moving to Phoenix in 1972.
He was a member and past president of the Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and a Master Mason, Cheyenne, Wyo., Lodge and Olympia Commandery No. 24, Olympia, Wash.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ringwold Woley, Robert L. Wooley, of Phoenix; a son, Robert L. Wooley, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., one grandchild and one great-grandchild.