Retired Army Col. Burleigh B. Drummond, 70, a veteran of World War II who was decorated for his work as a procurement officer, died Friday at his home in Springfield after a heart attack.
Col. Drummond received a Legion of Merit for his service as commander and principal contracting officer of the Army's Southwest Procurement Agency in Pasadena, Calif., a position he held from 1961 until his retirement from active duty in 1966.
He began his Army career in 1943, and was stationed in Italy during World War II. He later had tours in Japan and Turkey.
His other assignments included that of chief of the industrial division of the Army Rocket and Guided Missile Agency and as an Army staff member in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Military Production.
From 1963-66, he was chairman of the Los Angeles Federal Executive Board.
In 1967, he returned to the Washington area and became a civilian contract compliance officer for the Defense Department. He retired a second time about four years ago.
Col. Drummond was born in Davenport, Iowa. He was a 1934 graduate of Rollins College in Florida and earned a master's degree in business administration at the University of Chicago.
He was golf champion of the 8th Army in Japan and an Army-wide golf champion at Fort Sam Houston, Tex.
He was a member of the American Ordnance Association and the Association of the U.S. Army.
His marriage to Charlie R. Drummond of Sylmar, Calif., ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife, Marlee A. of Springfield; his mother, Helene Drummond of Sarasota, Fla., and a son, Burleigh G. of Sun Valley, Calif.