Rockport — Major General Richard J. Geehan, Retired, 85, of Rockport, passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2012, at Den Mar Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. He was the husband of Dorothy (Couturier) Geehan of Rockport. Major General Geehan was the Air National Guard Special Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Communication Command.
General Geehan was born in Boston on September 27, 1926. He graduated from Revere High School in 1945. He received an associate in electronics degree from Lincoln Institute, Northeastern University in 1961. In 1965, he received a bachelor of business administration from University College, Northeastern University and a bachelor of science from the same college in 1967. General Geehan’s military education includes the Air Command and Staff College in 1971, Air War College in 1974 and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1977.
General Geehan enlisted in the Reserve Corps (inactive) in August 1944 and received Infantry Basic Training at Camp Blanding, Fla. In April 1945, General Geehan was transferred to the Army Air Corps and received technical training as a fire control technician (B-29) at Lowry Air Base, Colorado. He served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater from October 1945 until October 1946 and was discharged at Fort Dix, N.J. as a sergeant in November 1946.
In May of 1947, General Geehan enlisted as a sergeant in the Massachusetts Air National Guard. He served in the 101st Fighter Squadron, Massachusetts Air National Guard, Logan Airport, Boston, first as a weapons technician and later as a fire control radar technician. He served in the enlisted ranks and attained the rank of master sergeant until August 1957 when he was discharged for the purpose of accepting a commission in the air National Guard.
General Geehan received a direct commission as a first lieutenant in August 1957 and was assigned as the armament systems officer in the 101st Fighter Squadron, Massachusetts Air National Guard. His squadron assignments included duty as an Avionics Officer in the 102nd Armament and Electronic Maintenance Squadron at Phalsbourg, France during the “Berlin Call-Up” from October 1961 to August 1962. He reverted back to “inactive status” in August 1962 and served in various capacities at both the group and wing level.