2011-06-01 00:30:51 UTC
GENE GUERNY (Age 86)
Of Arlington, VA died February 27, 2011 in his winter home in
Kissimmee, Florida, at age 86. His remains will be interred at
Arlington National Cemetery, Wednesday, June 22 at 2 p.m. Gene was
born in Freemont, Ohio on July 5, 1924, to Jacob and Josephine Gurney.
He earned a BS in military science from the University of Maryland, an
MS and Ph.D. in Government Administration from George Washington
University and from Pacific Western University. Gene served in the Air
Force for 30 years as command pilot with Strategic Air Command, author
of military books and public information officer. His military career
included arresting a German spy after WWII. He was awarded two Legion
of Merit awards and two Bronze Stars. He retired in 1973 as Lieutenant
Colonel. Gene started his next career at NASA, Goddard Space Flight
Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He retired in 2005 after 30 years of
service. Gene served his country over 60 years. He managed to publish
59 non-fiction books under Gene Gurney on various subjects such as
military and aviation history and two encyclopedias entitled "Kingdoms
of Europe" and "Kingdoms of Asia." He is survived by his wife of 35
years, Judith and two former wives, Clare Guerny and Isabelle Wright;
two daughters, Patricia Schmidt and Jeanne Bauer; four grandchildren,
one great- grandchild and two brothers, Donald Gurney and Anthony
Gurney. Another brother, Ben Gurney died in 2000.
WRITINGS BY THE AUTHOR:
* (With Mark P. Friedlander) Five Down and Glory: A History of the
American Air Ace, Putnam, 1959.
* Journey of the Giants, Coward, 1961.
* (With Carroll V. Glines) Minutemen of the Air, Random House,
* Americans into Orbit: The Story of Project Mercury, Random
* (Editor) Test Pilot, F. Watts, 1962.
* The War in the Air, Crown, 1962.
* The B29: The Plane That Won the War, Fawcett, 1963.
* Great Air Battles, F. Watts, 1963.
* The Pentagon, Crown, 1964.
* (With Joseph A. Skier) Private Pilot's Handbook of Weather, Aero
Publishers, 1964, 2nd edition, 1974.
* Rocket and Missile Technology, F. Watts, 1964.
* The Smithsonian Institution, Crown, 1964.
* Flying Aces of World War I, Random House, 1965.
* Arlington National Cemetery, Crown, 1965.
* Chronology of World Aviation, F. Watts, 1965.
* Library of Congress, Crown, 1966, revised edition, 1981.
* Pictorial History of the United States Army, Crown, 1966.
* Walk in Space: The Story of Project Gemini, Random House, 1967.
* (With James C. Elliott) Private Pilot's Handbook of Navigation,
Aero Publishers, 1967.
* P-38 Lightning, Arco, 1969.
* Beautiful Washington, DC: A Picture Story of the Nation's
Capital, Crown, 1969.
* Americans to the Moon: The Story of Project Apollo, Random
* The United States Coast Guard: A Pictorial History, Crown, 1973.
* (With Friedlander) Higher, Faster and Farther, Aero Publishers,
* How to Save Your Life on the Nation's Highways and Byways,
* (With Nick P. Apple) The Air Force Museum, Crown, 1975, revised
* America in Wax, Crown, 1977.
* (With Harold Wise) The Official Washington, DC Directory: A
Pictorial Guide, Crown, 1977.
* (With Brian Sheehan) Educational Guide to U.S. Service and
Maritime Academies, Van Nostrand, 1978.
* Space Technology Spinoffs. F. Watts, 1979.
* (With Friedlander) Handbook of Successful Franchising, Van
* (With Friedlander) Kingdoms of Europe, Crown, 1982.
* (With Kurt Willinger) The Jeep in War and Peace, Crown, 1983.
* Vietnam, the War in the Air: A Pictorial History of the U.S. Air
Forces in the Vietnam War, Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marines, Crown,
* Kingdoms of Asia, the Middle East, and Africa: An Illustrated
Encyclopedia of Ruling Monarchs from Ancient Times to the Present,
* (Co-author) Space Shuttle Log: The First 25 Flights, Aero, 1988.
With Clare Gurney; published by F. Watts, except as indicated:
* Mount Vernon, 1965.
* Monticello, 1966.
* F.D.R. and Hyde Park, 1970.
* Unidentified Flying Objects, Abelard, 1970.
* The Colony of Maryland, 1972.
* Cosmonauts in Orbit: The Story of the Soviet Manned Space
* North and South Korea, 1973.
* The Launching of Sputnik, October 4, 1957: The Space Age Begins,
* Women on the March, Abelard, 1975.
* The United States Treasury: A Pictorial History, Crown, 1978.
* Agriculture Careers, 1978.