Retired Army Brig. Gen. Arthur W. Kogstad, 62, the executive vice president of the Northern Virginia Board of Realtors and a former armored officer who served in three wars, died of cancer Dec. 5 at Fairfax Hospital.
Gen. Kogstad was an officer in the 2nd Armored Division ("Hell on Wheels") in Europe during World War II. During the Korean conflict, he was a staff officer at United Nations Command headquarters. He also spent a year in Vietnam in the mid-1960s. He completed that period of service as deputy commander of the Army Headquarters Area Command.
His other assignments included a tour as chief of the tactics division at the Armored School at Fort Knox, Ky., and three years as a military science and tactics professor at Pennsylvania State University in the 1950s. s
In addition to Vietnam, Gen. Kogstad served at the Pentagon and in Europe durin the 1960s. From 1970 until retiring from active duty in 1972, he was director of international logistics of the Army Material Development and Readiness Command.
His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, three Legions of Merit and three Bronze Star Medals.
He was named executive vice president of the Northern Virginia Board of Realtors the year he left the service.
Gen. Kogstad was a native of Chicago and graduated from Loyola University there. He also was a 1960 graduate of the National War College and earned a master's degree in international relations at George Washington University.
He enlisted in the Army in July 1941 and served in the 3rd Armored Division before receiving his commission shortly thereafter.
Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Lou Bell, of Annandale, where the family has maintained a home snce 1963, and a daughter, M. Michele Kogstad of Germantown, Md.