Ex-Colonel In Air Force Dies At 58
Special to The News
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — James Russell High, 58, a former U.S. Air Force colonel, died at his home here Wednesday morning.
Mr. High, an Ann Arbor High School graduate, also studied at Michigan State Normal College, now Eastern Michigan University.
He entered the service in October, 1940, as a flying cadet. Mr. High trained in Oklahoma, Texas and California before going to Hobbs, N.M. for B-17 transition school. He served as deputy director of training there for some time before leaving for overseas duty in Italy. Until the end of World War II in Europe, he was squadron commanding officer with the Fifth Wing, the only B-17 Wing in the 15th Air Force. Following the war he became a group operations officer.
Mr. High was stricken in 1951 with polio during a flight from Hawaii to Georgia. He received a medical discharge from the service in 1953.
Funeral services for Mr. High are planned at 1:30 p.m. Friday at First United Presbyterian Church in Coral Gables. Arrangements are being handled by VanOrsdel Funeral Home. He will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery at 2 p.m. Monday.
Survivors include his wife, Helen of Coral Gables; his mother, Dora of 1939 Jackson Ave.; three brothers, Robert of Grass Lake, LeRoy of Princeton, N.J., and Jean of Sterling Heights; a sister, Jessie Marie Parkhurst of Aurora, 111.; a daughter, Ann Tank of San Jose, Calif.; two sons, James R. of Georgia and Charles of Hershey, Pa.; and nine grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent in Mr. High’s name to the National Foundation of the March of Dimes, 2917 N. W. Seventh St., Miami, Fla., 33127.
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