George Cicero Fogle Jr. died Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Little Rock, AK, where he was undergoing treatment at The University of Arkansas’ Multiple Myeloma Institute.
George was born Jan. 21, 1947, at Ft. McKinley, Quezon City, Manila, Philippine Islands, where his mother, Modena Adair was an Army nurse; and his father, Brigadier General George C. Fogle, was an Army Artillery officer. Growing up, George lived on numerous Army posts and attended nine different primary and secondary schools before graduating from Yorktown High School in Arlington, Va.
George graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., Class of 1969 (“The Best of the Line”). He earned an MBA from Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC. George’s first Army assignment was an extended tour in Vietnam where he served in multiple positions: Platoon Leader, Company Commander, and Battalion Assistant Operations Officer. It was during this tour that he was exposed to Agent Orange the precursor to his multiple myeloma diagnosis. George’s other assignments included tours in Berlin and Nuremberg, Germany; the USMA Prep School, Ft. Monmouth, N.J.; and 96th Civil Affairs Battalion, Ft. Bragg, N.C.
George remained active in the Reserves, retiring in 2007 as a Lt. Colonel with 28 years of combined active-duty and reserve service. His military awards include: National Defense Service Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal (two Campaign Stars), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Bronze Star (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Berlin), Expert and Combat Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Meritorious Service Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster), Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.
George retired from The Hartford Financial Services Company–Commercial Property/Casualty in 2012. His 29-year career with The Hartford took him to offices in Baltimore, Boston, Indianapolis, San Antonio, and Hartford. George was a member of the USMA Association of Graduates and the VFW. He was an Assistant Scout Master and Crew Advisor to Boy Scout Troop 174 of Simsbury, until his illness forced him to step down.
Though not an accomplished golfer, George loved the game, its challenges, and the many friends he made along the way. An admirer of the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, he and his wife, Lynda, traveled throughout the country visiting many of Wright’s masterpieces; the last being the Bachman-Wilson House recently rescued and rebuilt in Bentonville, AK. George is survived by his wife of 39 years, and his two sons: George Garrett Fogle of Ft. Worth TX, and Zachary Pratt Fogle of McCordsville IN. Other survivors include Garrett’s fiancée Tracey Stevens and her daughter, Ally Dicenta of Ft. Worth, TX; George’s brother, William C. Fogle of Orlando, FL; and his sister, Kimberly Brusatori, Kingwood, TX.
There will be a celebration of George’s life at a time yet to be determined by the family. Memorials to George’s life can be made to: Chrysalis Center, Inc., P.O. Box 320613, Hartford CT 06132-0613 (chrysaliscenter.org); Caringbridge.Org, or the donor’s charity of choice.
Throughout his life George upheld the West Point Creed: Duty, Honor, Country. GO ARMY!