October 12, 1971:
Walter E. Lotz Jr. served as an Army Lieutenant General and former Treasury Department Assistant Secretary. He also held a doctorate in physics.
General Lotz, a Pennsylvania native, was a 1938 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He received a master’s degree in communications engineering from the University of Illinois and a doctorate in physics from the University of Virginia. He also was a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
As a signal officer, he went to Iceland in the early 1940s and served with the Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II. In the 1950s, he served in the office of the Army’s chief signal officer in the Pentagon and as signal officer of the Eighth Army in South Korea.
Later assignments included a tour as Deputy Commanding General of the Army Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, N.J., and service as director of Army research. In 1965, he went to Vietnam as chief of communications under Army General William Westmoreland.
He also served as assistant Army Chief of Staff for Communications Electronics. His last assignment, before he retired from active duty in 1974 was with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Europe, as head of the NATO Integrated Communications Systems Agency.
From 1975 to 1978, General Lotz worked for the Pentagon as a civilian, serving as the Defense Department’s assistant director of research and development. In 1979, he served as assistant secretary of the Treasury for advanced technology. After that, he did consulting work and was a pro bono adviser to the radio engineering committee of Voice of America.
His military decorations included two Distinguished Service Cross medals, four awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, two Air Medals, two Army Commendation Medals and the Defense Civilian Service Medal.
He was a life fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and an award-winning fellow of the Radio Club of America. He also was a member of Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi.
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