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Ferdinand Bidgood '65 January 12, 2017 9:29 AM updated: January 12, 2017 9:32 AM

Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home obituary
9902 Braddock Road
Fairfax, VA 22032

Ferdinand Clarence Bidgood, Col. USA Retired

Ferdinand Clarence Bidgood

Colonel, U S Army Retired

May 28, 1938 – September 27, 2015

Fred was born at the station hospital at Fort Benning, GA, the son of LT Clarence Bidgood (USMA 35') and Isabel McKee Bidgood. In 1955 he graduated from Central High School in London England, spent a year at Braden's Prep School in NY, and entered West Point with the class of 1960. Upon graduation in June he was commissioned as a 2LT in the Army and married Marilyn Louise Clark on July 9, 1960 in Rutherford, New Jersey. He served throughout the world in command and staff positions in both the Artillery and Corps of Engineers. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Military Academy, a Masters degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M, and is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College. His final military assignment was as Executive Assistant to the Administrator of the Veterans Administration. His military decorations include four awards of the Legion of Merit, The Bronze Star, two awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal. Upon retirement he worked as Associate Executive Director of the Paralyzed Veterans of America in Washington, DC and served as Chief of Staff for the National Victory Celebration welcoming home the troops from the Gulf War. He was a Director on the Board of Governors of the World USO, and was Chairman of the Human Resources Committee and a member of the Executive Committee for more than four years. He was also a member of the Board of Advisers of National Handicapped Sports. His service to America's veterans was recognized by the American Legion, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Disabled Veterans of America.

Fred was an avid golfer and a longtime member of the Army Navy Country Club where he was twice the senior club champion.

He was preceded in death by a daughter Kerri in 1965. Survivors include his wife Marilyn of 55 years, two sons, Mark (Lori) and Matthew (Nora), and beloved grandchildren Damon, Haley, Aidan and Brianna.

A funeral service will be held in the Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer, VA on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 1 PM. Guests should arrive early for security checks at the gates. Interment with full military honors will follow at Arlington National Cemetery with a reception at Fort Myer's Officers Club after the conclusion of the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you please consider a memorial contribution in Fred's name to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd #300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

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