Arthur William Gulliver

GULLIVER, Arthur William Sep 22, 1921 – Feb 11, 2013 Arthur William Gulliver, 91, died on February 11, 2013 surrounded by his family and the music he loved. A musical celebration of his life will be held February 18, 11:00 am, at the Ralston United Church of Christ, Ralston, Nebraska. Mr. Gulliver was born on Sept. 22, 1921, at the family home in Wayne, Nebraska, to parents Arthur Francis Gulliver and Florence McQueen Cone Gulliver. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1942 from Wayne State College and taught vocal and instrumental music before beginning a career in meteorology. In 1942 he entered the US Army as a meteorology cadet, training at the Army Technical Training Command Center in Grand Rapids, MI. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1943 and served in Mississippi and Florida before joining the 18th Weather Squadron in England in 1944. He also served in the 21st Weather Squadron in Germany in 1945. After cessation of hostilities in Europe he was assigned to the HQ 9th Air Force Weather Central at Bad Kessingen, Germany. In April 1946, he was discharged from the Army and accepted a position as Senior Meteorologist with Mid-Continent Airlines, Kansas City, Missouri. In April, 1949, he accepted an appointment as a civilian meteorologist at the USAF Weather Central, Andrews AFB, Maryland, and in September, 1949, he was assigned to the First Weather Service Special Projects Section. In 1955 he was appointed project officer for the move of the Weather Central from Andrews AFB to Suitland, Maryland. There he served as Chief of the Data Processing, Integration and Analysis Branch of the Weather Central. In November, 1957, the functions of the Air Force Weather Central were moved to Offutt AFB, Bellevue, Nebraska. He served as Chief Technical Adviser to the Commander and as Assistant to the Operations Officer of the Air Force Global Weather Central until his retirement in 1987. During that time, the center grew from 65 employees to 700, becoming the largest real-time environmental data processing center in the U.S. Upon his retirement, the Arthur W. Gulliver Heritage Hall was dedicated in his honor, and is now located in the new Air Force Global Weather Agency building at Offutt Air Force Base. While serving in the Weather Service Special Projects Section, he was selected to be a supervising meteorologist in the newly formed classified “Cold War” unit. He worked on top-secret projects and became the Air Force’s expert in forecasting Soviet and Arctic weather. He made the critical two-day cloud forecast of clear skies for the first U-2 reconnaissance aircraft flight over the Soviet Union on July 4, 1956. Mr. Gulliver continued his involvement in weather support for many top-secret National programs which were assigned the highest priority by the President of the United States. Some of these were the U-2 and SR-71 reconnaissance programs, the Department of Defense Meteorological satellites, and the overhead reconnaissance satellites. His military decorations include the European Theater Ribbon with three battle stars, the WWII victory medal, the Army of Occupation Medal, the US Army Commendation Medal, the USAF Meritorious Civilian Service Medal and the AFGWC Commanders Award. Mr. Gulliver had been a member of the American Meteorological Society since 1945 and was a charter member of the National Weather Association. He sang with the Omaha Symphonic Chorus and served as a board member. He was a member of the Lions Club International, was active in Boy Scouts of America, and was a member of the Ralston United Church of Christ where he served as chancel choir director for 30 years. He was a member of the 8th Air Force Historical Society, founded the 18th Weather Squadron Historical group and wrote their newsletter. He also served as the weather consultant for the WWII English Airfield control tower built by the 8th Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. He was preceded in death by parents, Arthur F. and Florence Gulliver, stepmother Stella Traster Gulliver, brothers Henry and Robert Gulliver and sisters Mary Marx and Dorothy Hanks. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Arlene McDermott, whom he married on September 9, 1943 in Moville, Iowa. He is also survived by his three children: Jeanne Kros (Mike), Crescent, Iowa; Judy Burch (John), Lawrence, Kansas; and Bruce Gulliver (Deb Habel), Portland Oregon; ten grandchildren: Tomi Cole, Glenwood, Iowa; Jonathan Pearce, (Kate), St. Paul, Minnesota; Tyler Pearce, (Maria), Olathe, Kansas; Lauren Pearce, Lawrence, Kansas; Jenna Stanley, Ralston Nebraska; Evan Stanley (Layna), Glenwood, Iowa; Melissa and Charlotte Burch, Lawrence, Kansas; and Ian and Kirk Gulliver, Portland, Oregon; four great-grandchildren: Taylor; Trygve, Aiden and Deagan. The family will receive friends Sunday, February 17, 3pm to 5pm at the West Center Chapel. MEMORIAL SERVICE Monday, February 18 at 11am at Ralston United Church of Christ. Private interment, Evergreen Memorial Park with military rites by Ralston American Legion Post 373 with Millard American Legion Post 374 and VFW Post 8334. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Omaha Symphonic Chorus Endowment Fund or to the Gulliver Scholarship Fund at Wayne State College, Wayne, Nebraska.

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