Retired Air Force Col. Burl Alfred Davis, 82, an engineer who was a veteran of both world wars, died of an aneurysm Nov. 22 at Alexandria Hospital.
Col. Davis served with the 23rd Aero Squadron in France during World War I. During World War II, he was an aeronautical engineer with the Army Corps in the Pacific and helped design airfields.
Following the war, he served with U.S. occupation forces in Japan and later was stationed at the Pentagon during the Korean conflict. He retired from active duty in 1962. He then worked for three years as a civilian engineer with the Corps of Engineers at Cameron Station, Va., before retiring a second time.
Col Davis was a native of Mount Ayr, Iowa, and was a 1923 graduate of the University of Iowa, where he earned a degree in mechanical engineering. Between the world wars, he worked in private industry as an engineer for Westinghouse and Gulf Oil in Pennsylvania. He was recalled to active duty after U.S. entry into World War II.
Following his 1965 retirement, Col. Davis continued to live in Alexandria, where he belonged to Elks Lodge No. 758 and the Shrine's Kena Temple. He was a Mason for more than 50 years.
He played a baritone in the Washington Redskins Marching Band During the mid-1960s.
Survivors include his wife, Chiraphan, of Alexandria; two sons, Dr. Harold L., of New York City, and Wayne A., of York, Pa.; two daughters, Army Col. Alice M. Davis of Charlottesville, Va., and Doris D. Trone, of Alexandria; a sister, Faye Taylor of Mount Ayr; a brother, Oscar M., of Florida, and seven grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of constributions to the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Heart Association in Annandale.