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George Carl Mohr

Obituary for George Carl Mohr

March 27, 1929 - February 6, 2019
San Antonio, Texas | Age 89


Dr. George Carl Mohr, age 89, of San Antonio, Texas, died Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at his residence at The Forum at Lincoln Heights. Born March 27, 1929, in Cresco, Iowa, he was the son of the late Carl F. Mohr and Martha H. (Atzen) Mohr. He was predeceased by a brother, Roger H. Mohr and a sister, Marlys Irene Mohr.

Dr. Mohr, a retired Air Force Chief Flight Surgeon, served 32 years on active duty and 7 years as an Air Force civil service scientist. During his active duty career, he logged 1697.4 flying hours in 26 different aircraft types.

Dr. Mohr graduated from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree (Summa cum Laude) in biology and chemistry in June 1951. The doctor was awarded a two-year Rhodes Scholarship, subsequently extended for a third year. He graduated in July 1954 from Hertford College, University of Oxford with a Bachelor of Arts (Oxon.) degree from the Honour School of Animal Physiology as well as completing the preclinical requirements for a medical degree.

In September, 1951, Dr. Mohr, traveling to Oxford on the Liberté ocean liner, met his future bride-to –be, Annabel Lee McArthur, on vacation with her mother. A whirlwind romance ensued resulting in Annabel returning to England in June 1953. While on holiday on the continent, the sweethearts toured Venice, Italy where, Dr. Mohr proposed marriage to the love of his life. She accepted and received her engagement ring while the couple floated down a Venice canal in a gondola.

In October 1954, Dr. Mohr entered Harvard Medical School as a sophomore on a full tuition scholarship. On June 25, 1955, Dr. Mohr married beautiful Annabel Lee McArthur of Milwaukee Wisconsin. The couple returned to Boston where Annabel took a position as an insurance company policy typist to support her husband's continuing medical studies.

In September 1956, Dr. Mohr accepted a direct commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force Medical Service Corps. In June 1957, he graduated as a physician (cum Laude) from Harvard Medical School. After finishing a General Practice Internship at the University of Michigan, he completed the Primary Course in Aviation Medicine in June 1959. Following his first tour as a squadron flight surgeon, Dr. Mohr entered the Harvard School of Public Health, and earned a Master of Public Health degree in Aerospace Medicine in June 1961, ranking number one in his class. The following year he completed the Advanced Course in Aerospace Medicine at the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, leading to certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine in Aerospace Medicine in 1965.

After completing three operational medical tours, including a year in Viet Nam, Dr. Mohr served as an Aeromedical Research and Development officer in varied capacities. In June 1975, Dr. Mohr was appointed Director, Research and Development at the Headquarters, Aerospace Medical Division at Brooks AFB, Texas, and later was selected as the Vice Commander of the Division. In May 1980, he assumed Command of the Harry G Armstrong Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. After six- and one-half years, he was reassigned as the Deputy for Crew Systems Integration and Human Resources in the Headquarters, Human Systems Division, Brooks AFB, Texas before retiring from active duty in October 1988. In May, 1989, Dr. Mohr returned to the Human Systems Division as a civilian employee to be subsequently selected for a Scientific and Professional, Senior Executive (ST) position as Chief Scientist of the newly formed Armstrong Laboratory, Brooks AFB, Texas.

Dr. Mohr's numerous decorations included the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters and Meritorious Service Medal as well as three foreign decorations. Dr. Mohr also received many awards for his scientific and professional contributions including the General Hoyt S Vandenberg Trophy, Air Force Research and Development Award, and the Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award.

Dr. Mohr was a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and his many memberships included the International Academy of Astronautics, the American Society of Rhodes Scholars, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He also served as a consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General for Aerospace Medicine. Dr. Mohr authored sixty invited papers, technical reports, journal articles, and book chapters primarily in the fields of bioacoustics, biomechanics, human performance and human factors engineering.

After retirement, Dr. Mohr contributed his time to various community projects in San Antonio. He was a Past Chairman of the Brooks Heritage Foundation Board of Directors and a member of the Brooks Aerospace Foundation Board of Directors.

Dr. Mohr is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Annabel Lee McArthur Mohr; along with two children: a daughter, Diana Lee Mohr, a middle school mathematics teacher in San Antonio, Texas and a son, Colonel Robert C. Mohr, a retired Air Force fighter pilot and his wife, Brenda of St. Charles, Missouri; one grandson, James A. Mohr an Information Technology specialist and his wife, Leann of New Braunfels, Texas; and one great-granddaughter, Juliette Annabel.

A visitation for George Mohr will be held at Porter Loring Mortuary North on Thursday night, February 21 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A Military Burial with honors will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on Friday, February 22 at 1:15 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Alamo Colleges Foundation, Inc., 1819 N Main Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212-3941. In the subject line of your check please write the name of the fund - Challenger Center Program Fund in memory of George C. Mohr.

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