George Y. Haig, 81, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves who had been a school administrator here, an art dealer in New Haven, Conn., and an associate of Lawrence in Arabia, died of a heart ailment Oct. 18 at the Bethesda Naval Hospital. He lived in Camp Springs.
Col. Haig was born George Chamichian in Turkey to Armenian parents. He was exiled to Syria in 1915 and became an interpreter for the legendary British Army Col. T.E. Lawrence, who led irregular forces against the Turks in World War I.
Col. Haig came to this country in 1920, attended Boston University and served in the U.S. Army. He went back to the Middle East in the 1930s and was a journalist and military adviser to Arab forces in Palestine.
When he returned to this country, he settled in New England where he was an art dealer, a rug merchant and a radio broadcaster.
During World War II, he went into the Army again and served with military intelligence and the Office of Strategic Services in this country and Europe. He retired from the Army Reserves in 1956.
Col. Haig moved to this area in the 1950s and was business manager of the Columbia Preparatory School in Washington until retiring in 1961.
His wife, Jeanne C. Haig, died Oct. 3.
Col. Haig's survivors include a son, Tancred, of Camp Springs; a daughter, Suzanne Haig of Jersey City, N.J., and a sister, Anna Basmadjian of Pasadena, Calif.