Retired Air Force Col. George E. Perry, 69, a retired intelligence officer and decorated veteran of World War II, died of cancer Saturday at the Sleepy Hollow nursing home in Falls Church.
Col. Perry served with the Army Air Force in the Pacific during World War II and earned a Bronze Star Medal during the invasion of Saipan. After the war, he held posts in this country and Europe and help develop mathematics programs for the Air Force Academy.
From 1958 to 1961, he was an intelligence officer with the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, then spent three years as deputy chief of staff for intelligence for the Tactical Air Command at Langley Air Force Base before retiring from active duty in 1964.
He taught mathematics at Lee High School in Springfield for the next 13 years before retiring a second time in 1976. He also was chairman of the school's mathematics department in 1965. He was a resident of Falls Church at the time of his death.
Col. Perry was born in New York State and reared in Detroit. He earned a bachelor's degree at the old Michigan State Normal School in 1937 and master's degree at the University of Michigan in 1939. Before joining the Army in 1941, he was a school principal and superintendent in Michigan.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Beatrice, of Falls Church; two daughters, Joan Mather of Fairfax, and Susan Abbott of Lake Ridge, Va., and nine grandchildren. A son, Army Capt. George E. Perry III, was serving with the 101st Airborne division when he was killed in action in Vietnam in 1966.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society