ROBERT ANDREW SCHAAF Air Force Colonel Robert Andrew Schaaf, 75, a retired Air Force colonel who specialized in administration for most of his career, died Sept 22 at De Witt Army Hospital at Fort Belvoir. He had diabetes. Col. Schaaf, who lived in Annandale, was born in Pittsburgh. He retired from the Air Force in 1970 after 31 years of military service. His career included duty in the Pacific during World War II and occupation duty in Japan after the war. He also participated in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He had served at posts in the United States, Germany and Canada, and his assignments included service with the office of the join chiefs of staff. He retired as executive officer for the western region of the Air Force Reserve. His military decorations included the Legion of Merit. In retirement, Col. Schaaf was a salesman at the Sears store at Landmark. He had received an associate degree in music from Northern Virginia Community College and has been organist at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale. He had lived in this area since 1965. Surivors include his wife, Margaritte A. Schaaf of Annandale; eight children, Michale Robert Schaaf of Seattle, Andrew Lewis Schaaf of New Haven Conn, Susan Lee Kirby of Chico , Calif, John Schaaf of Quincy, mass, Denise Christenson of Manassas, MaryKathleen Schaaf of Baltimore, Roberta Norloff of Fairfax and Teresa Gym of Lorton; and 12 grandchildren. A son, Thomas David Schaaf, died in 1982. The Washington Post Sept 27, 1994 pg B7
There were several articles mentioning Col. Schaaf's musical calendar:
Annie Reloads her Gun July 18, 1969 Pg B 10 Washington Post
….Robert Schaaf leads the 15 piece professional orchestra with the pace Jay Blackton set on the original cast recording.”
Robert Schaaf, organist plays on Saturdya at 4pm in the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
Dec 17, 1964 Washington Post pg CC15
A Farewell to Mamie Eisenhower: Tears and History in Fort Myer Chapel Tearful Farewell to Mamie Eisenhower By Henry Mitchell. The Washington Post (1974-Current file) [Washington, D.C] 06 Nov 1979: B1 (I was not able to open this article, but I assume Col. Schaaf may have been the organist at the funeral)
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