George Douglas, Former AFA National President, Dies at 95

Retired Maj. Gen. George M. Douglas, a former Air Force Association National President and Chairman of the Board, died Feb. 18 in Broomfield, Colo. He was 95. 

Douglas enlisted in the Army in 1943 and received his commission after World War II. He transferred to the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 1958 and served in Air Defense Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command until 1976. He later worked as the mobilization assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel at Headquarters USAF. 

Douglas was National President of the Air Force Association from 1975-1977 and Chairman of the Board from 1977-1979. He remained active as a director emeritus. An active volunteer, Douglas also served as a trustee for the AEF, director of the US Air Force Academy Falcon Foundation, and Chairman of the Colorado Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. 

Douglas received AFA’s 21st Gold Life Award for outstanding accomplishments, reflecting the highest credit to the AFA mission, and culminating in years of individual achievement and distinction. 

“George was truly a keeper,” recalled Bill Croom, a longtime AFA member and past national secretary, via email. “One of the last AFA senior leaders from the Greatest Generation. IMO, a Renaissance man who could connect at every level from the E Ring at the Pentagon and the halls of Congress down to [someone] like me. A great mentor to many.”

A memorial service is planned for March 14 in Denver.