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Obituary for Gertrude G. Myers

April 12, 1921 - May 19, 2020
San Antonio, Texas | Age 99

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Gertrude G. Myers, age 99, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas. Born on April 12, 1921 in Utica, New York, to Samuel and Lena Reichler Grossman, she married David S. Myers in 1942 in El Paso. Apart from short spells in Texas and Louisiana during World War II, they lived in Utica until moving to California in 1966 and then to San Antonio in 1967, where she worked initially as a lead accountant for Hemisfair, the 1968 World's Fair. This was followed by 21 years as a civilian employee, all in the comptroller field, with the US Air Force in San Antonio.

Gert became one of the most senior female civilian comptrollers in the US military, travelling globally as a computer programming troubleshooter and spending six months working at the Pentagon. At the time of her retirement in 1990, she was chief of the Accounting Division, HQ Air Force Commissary Service at East Kelly AFB. In this role she was responsible for accounting systems policy and procedures for USAF commissaries worldwide, and served as a member of a special Army, Navy and Air Force Joint Services Task Force on Electronic Data Exchange.

Prior to moving to San Antonio she worked for 10 years with an upstate New York CPA firm, and for one year as systems accountant at the University of California at Davis. During the 1960s she served on the associate faculty of Utica College of Syracuse University, and was a member of New York State Governor Nelson Rockefeller's Council on Women. As a member of this Council she conducted a seminar on women in accounting, and attended Governor Rockefeller's Conference on Women.

She was for many years a member of the Alamo City Chapter of the American Society of Military Comptrollers, serving as secretary for two years and historian for twelve years. She compiled a ten-year history of the ASMC, and received numerous awards for outstanding service to the organization.

Gert earned a bachelor's degree (BS) in accounting from Syracuse University and a master of professional accounting (MPA) from the University of Texas at San Antonio, and during her USAF career attended and taught numerous courses and was a graduate of the prestigious Department of Defense Executive Leadership Development Program.

Following retirement, she became an active member of Congregation Agudas Achim in San Antonio, serving for many years on its Sisterhood Board of Directors as recording secretary and as treasurer of the Kitchen Management Fund.

Gert was an inspirational role model for generations of family members, colleagues and friends, known for being always strong and positive.

She was preceded in death by her husband David and her brothers Maurice and Philip Grossman. She is survived by her daughter Sandra Myers Adirondack of London, England; her son Jack Charles Myers of Salisbury, Connecticut; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was interred at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, and about 100 family members and friends attended a memorial event held online on Zoom.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gertrude Myers Family Fund, a Congregation Agudas Achim educational fund for children, at www.agudas-achim.org.

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