Wakefield Faculty/Staff Deceased: In Memoriam

Gerald Francis Lillard
b:             d: 1/31/1997

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Gerald Lillard MR. GERALD LILLARD, English III, IV; Key Club
The Washington Post, Washington, D.C. - February 8, 1997

Gerald Francis Lillard, 92, a retired Army brigadier general who served in infantry and intelligence posts and later taught English in Arlington high schools, died of congestive heart failure January 31 at Mount Vernon Hospital.  A resident of the Washington area off and on since the early 1940s, he lived at the Fairfax at Fort Belvoir.

General Lillard was a native of Oskaloosa, Iowa.  He was a reporter at the Kansas City Star before entering the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.  After graduating from the academy, he served in the field artillery and later returned to West Point to teach English.

He did graduate work in English at Columbia University and later received a master's degree in English and American literature from George Washington University.  He also was a graduate of the National War College.

General Lillard wrote the Army's first manual on amphibious landings and served in Italy and the Philippines during World War II.  He later served in senior intelligence posts in Washington, Frankfurt and Paris.  He was commanding general in Germany of the 4th Infantry Division and the 7th Army Artillery before retiring in 1957.

He taught at Wakefield and Yorktown high schools and retired again in 1970.

Gen. Lillard's honors included two Legions of Merit and Army and Navy commendation medals.

He was scribe of the West Point Class of 1927 and a member of the Society of the War of 1812 and the Sons of the American Revolution.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Lucile Kennicott Lillard of Fort Belvoir; three children, Jane K. L. Miller of Arlington, Susan L. Teall of Virginia Beach, and G. Thomas Lillard of Radford, Virginia; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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