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Dr. Carl J. Vail Jr.

Dr. Carl J. Vail Jr. of Fort Collins died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, in Fort Collins. He was 88.

A funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 12, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Fort Collins, with full military honors.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Hulbert Cemetery in Parachute.



Dr. Vail was born Oct. 12, 1915, in Peoria, Ill., to Martha E. Powell and Carl Vail Sr. He spent his childhood in Illinois and Texas. He attended St. Mary’s University, and later earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama, a master’s degree from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.

He enlisted in the military in 1933 with the 9th Infantry Regiment, and later served in the Signal Corps and medical department.



He married Helen Allen of Grand Valley in 1939.

In 1941, he served as a reserve officer with the Army Air Corps at March Field in California.

During World War II, he served in the Alaskan sector of the Pacific Theater with the 11th Air Force from 1943-44. Other assignments included Hq. 4th Air Force, Air Force Management School, North East Air Command, Hq. Military Transport Service, Hq. Airways and Air Communications Service, and director of personnel for Wheeler Air Force Base in Hawaii for the 1805th AACS Wing.

He received the Air Force Commendation medal and several other service medals.

In 1949, he was commissioned into the Air Force. He retired in 1961 as a lieutenant colonel.

From 1966 to 1986, he taught at the University of Colorado School of Business, which included overseas assignments to the University of Guam, Auckland University in New Zealand, and the University of Maryland in Europe.

He also served as a leader in the Boy Scouts, and received several awards and medals for his service.

He was a member of St. Andrews Episcopal Mission, Fidelity Lodge No. 192, the Denver Consistory of the Scottish Rite, the Retired Officers Association, the Air Force Association, Post 1781 of the V.F.W., the National Eagle Scout Association, and the Fort Collins Bible Study Fellowship.

He enjoyed gardening, fishing, walking, old cars and singing in choirs.

Dr. Vail is survived by his wife, Helen Vail of Fort Collins; by a son, Bill Vail of Jamestown; by a sister, Romilda Vail of Sun City, Ariz., by a brother, Robert Vail of San Antonio, Texas; and by four great-grandchildren.

Bohlender Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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