Bill Studer

William Allen Studer

Retired USAF Major General William Allen Studer died of pulmonary fibrosis on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at his home in Tampa, Fla. He was 79.

The Chicago, Ill., native moved to Darien in 1945, and later moved to Atlanta. He is a graduate of Georgia Tech. He later attended Troy State University, earning two Master of Science degrees. He entered the Air Force in 1961 as a graduate of Georgia Tech’s Reserve Officer Training program. Over the course of his 33-year career, he commanded a squadron, wing, division, and numbered air force levels. He was a command pilot with more than 5,000 flying hours in fighter, transport, and attach aircraft, and more than a thousand combat hours in Vietnam. His last assignments were Commander, 13th Air Force, Clark Air Force Base, Philippines, Commander, Joint Task Force Fiery Vigil, Philippines, the eruption of Mount Pinatubo and subsequent evacuation of 25,000 civilians and military, and then finally Director of Operations, US Central Command, MacDill Air force Base, Fla.

Over the course of his military career, he was awarded the Joint Distinguished Service Medal, Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with three oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star, Air Medal with 35 oak leaf clusters, Philippine Legion of Honor, and Philippine Bronze Cross. After retiring from the Air Force, Bill became the Director of Public Safety, Hillsborough County in Tampa.

Surviving are his wife, Donna Bray Miskowski Studer; son, Scott Studer; daughter, Shannon Studer Martinez; two sisters, Sharon Studer Jewell and Marion Studer Carmickle; and five grandchildren.

The memorial service was held on Feb. 8 at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa.

His favorite charity was the Ronald McDonald House, which friends are encouraged to support.