Former Army Col. A. B. (Mac) McMullen, 83, who served in both World Wars and who later was an official of the National Association of State Aviation Officials, died Sunday at Malcolm Grow Hospital at Andrews Air Force Base. He had a heart ailment.
Col. McMullen helped established the Washington headquarters of the National Association of State Aviation officials in 1947. He retired as the organization's executive vice president in 1970.
He was a native of Forrest, Ill., and attended Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Ind. After serving as an Army flying instructor in World War I, he formed his own "flying circus" and played county and state fairs in the South during the 1920s.
He was affiliated with a Richmond architectural firm, then owned and operated his own aircraft firm in Florida and ran a flying school in Georgia. o
He came to Washington during the New Deal years as director of airports and airways for the old Works Progress Administration (WPA). He also was chief of the airports section of the old Bureau of Air Commerce, a forerunner of the Federal Aviation Administration, before being recalled to active duty prior to World War II.
During that war, Col. McMullen commanded Air Transport Command bases in Africa, Miami, and New York City. He also served as commander of the North African wing of the Air Transport Command and was awarded the Legion of Merit.
He was a member of the Army Navy Country Club, The National Aviation Club, and the Aero Club of Washington, the Congressional Flying Club and the National Pilots Association.
Col. McMullen and his wife, the former Iris Neville Smith, made their home in Alexandria.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Sara Ann Lindsey of Alexandria; a brother, G. Howard, of Burt, Iowa; four sisters, Marie Louis Peterson of Paton, Iowa, Josephine Bierbaum of Spirit Lake, Iowa, Madelaine McMullen of Fullerton, Calif., and Ella Gertrude O'Donnell of San Ysidro, Calif., and four grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Heart Association.