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John K. Solomon

Company G-1

1 Oct1938- 30 Mar 2020

Place of Death: Fredericksburg, VA,

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery

It is with great regret and sorrow that I must notify you of the death of our classmate, John Solomon, on March 30, 2020, in Fredericksburg, VA, after a long, valiant battle with Parkinsonís disease.

John is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; their daughter, Mary Anne (Molly) and her husband Geoff Russell; their son, Christopher; their daughter, Mary Katherine (Katy) and her husband, Spencer Jones; and their grandchildren, Campbell Jones, Hayden Jones, and triplets, Jonathon, Alexandra, and Madeleine Russell.

 

John Solomon's funeral mass will be at 11 AM, Tuesday, 28 July at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 9149 Elys Ford Rd, Fredericksburg, VA  22407.  Attendance at the church is limited to 100 people.  Face masks are recommended.  St. Patrick's will video the funeral mass.  I will provide the link when available.  Mary Jane will host an outdoor reception at her home, 10907 Cedar Creek Drive, Spotsylvania, VA  22551-4687, following the mass.  Please let me know by reply e-mail if you plan to attend. 

Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at 11 AM, Wednesday, 29 July.  Attendance at the gravesite is limited to 50 people.  Those attending should meet at the designated Administration Building parking lane at 10:15.  Attendees must wear face coverings and maintain social distance guidelines.  Please let me know by reply e-mail if you plan to attend. 

Further details can be found at https://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/Media/News/Post/10863/Arlington-National-Cemetery-Implements-Military-Funeral-Honors-with-Modified-Escort-and-Increases-Funeral-Participation.  Please pay particular attention to the requirements for face coverings and ID cards. 

Out of an abundance of caution, the family regrets that it has cancelled the reception following burial due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Condolences may be sent to Mary Jane and her family at 10907 Cedar Creek Drive, Spotsylvania, VA  22351.

Well done, John. Be thou at peace.

Remembrances:

Class Memorial Pages\G-1 John Solomon.pdf

In Memory

John Solomon ('61) - Class Of 1961
John Solomon ('61)

Mail Address for Mary Jane Solomon:  10907 Cedar Creek Drive, Spotsylvania, VA, 22551

John's obituary follows this previously posted information.

In the meantime, please enjoy some of the creative talents of my good friend and Executive Producer Emeritus of the West Point Alumni Glee Club, John Solomon: grandfather, father, husband, soldier, author, composer, musician, friend and mentor. 

The picture is of John directing the WPAGC in rehearsal prior to singing for a major event in 2015

 

 

During cadet days, John was part of the "Spirits," writing, arranging and singing many of their songs.  Here is a small example.  Music is an original recording.  We apologize for the video quality.  Effects of time!  The Spirits (Click this for more)

In 2015 at the passing of Al Bornmann, USMA '67, John wrote the following poem to honor Al's (and many others) service to our country.  His words are fully applicable to John and his life of service.

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Rest in peace John.  "Well Done!"

Colonel John K. Solomon, (Ret), 81, passed away at his home in Central Virginia after a long battle with Parkinsonís disease.

He was born at Ft. Bliss, Texas and raised in a military family. Following graduations from high school in Paris, France, he entered the Army Reserves. John attended the USMA Prep school and graduated from West Point in 1961. He received his Masterís Degree in Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. John attended the US Arm Artillery & Missile School, the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the US Army War College.

Johnís military assignments included: Corporal and Sergeant Systems, Vicenza, Italy; 105 Howitzer Command, Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Operations Officer, Americal Division; Artillery Direct Support 105mm Howitzer Battalion, Republic of View Nam; Battalion Command Lance Missile System, Crailsheim, Germany; Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Regimental Tactical Officer, USMA; The Joint Staff; Ops and Plans, SETAF, Vicenza, Italy; Department of Army Staff; The Washington Liaison Office, The Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force.

Decorations include: The Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star, Vietnam Cross Unit Citation with Palm, Parachutist Badge, Army Ranger Tab, Army General Staff Badge, and Joint Chiefs Staff Badge.

Following his military career, John joined the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Faculty, Alexandria, where he taught mathematics and directed the schoolís Mentorship Program until he retired in 2004.

In addition to his overall achievements, music and theater were his hobbies. The family unit was always a primary focus in his thoughts. Every day was a new adventure and educational experience whether traveling off to a new destination or on an athletic field. Everyone was taught to do their best, develop and appreciate all the God given talents. Respect, admiration, counsel, and enthusiasm were always present. Prayerfully, his shining example will be handed down to his dynasty.

John was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; his son, Christopher, Winthrop, Washington; his daughters, Mary Anne (Molly) Solomon, and Husband Geoffrey Russell, Winter Park, Florida, and Mary Katherine (Kate), and husband Spencer Jones, Longwood, Florida; five grandchildren, his brothers, Colonel Wm. V. Solomon (USA Ret) Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and James H. Solomon, Vienna, Virginia. John was preceded in death by his parents, Brigadier General M.A. Solomon (USA Ret) and his wife Molly Solomon.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, July 28 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 9151 Elys Ford Road, Spotsylvania.

Interment will take place on Wednesday, July 29 in Arlington National Cemetery.

The family requests that a random act of kindness be given to someone of your choice in Johnís memory.

ďAnd when our work is done, Our course on earth is run, May it be said, ďWell done; Be thou at peace.Ē

Obituaries:

John K. Solomon
October 1, 1938 ~ March 30, 2020 (age 81)

Colonel John K. Solomon, (Ret), 81, passed away at his home in Central Virginia after a long battle with Parkinsonís disease.

He was born at Ft. Bliss, Texas and raised in a military family. Following graduations from high school in Paris, France, he entered the Army Reserves. John attended the USMA Prep school and graduated from West Point in 1961. He received his Masterís Degree in Mathematics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. John attended the US Arm Artillery & Missile School, the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the US Army War College.

Johnís military assignments included: Corporal and Sergeant Systems, Vicenza, Italy; 105 Howitzer Command, Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Operations Officer, Americal Division; Artillery Direct Support 105mm Howitzer Battalion, Republic of View Nam; Battalion Command Lance Missile System, Crailsheim, Germany; Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Regimental Tactical Officer, USMA; The Joint Staff; Ops and Plans, SETAF, Vicenza, Italy; Department of Army Staff; The Washington Liaison Office, The Rapid Deployment Joint Task Force.

Decorations include: The Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Bronze Star, Vietnam Cross Unit Citation with Palm, Parachutist Badge, Army Ranger Tab, Army General Staff Badge, and Joint Chiefs Staff Badge.

Following his military career, John joined the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Faculty, Alexandria, where he taught mathematics and directed the schoolís Mentorship Program until he retired in 2004.

In addition to his overall achievements, music and theater were his hobbies. The family unit was always a primary focus in his thoughts. Every day was a new adventure and educational experience whether traveling off to a new destination or on an athletic field. Everyone was taught to do their best, develop and appreciate all the God given talents. Respect, admiration, counsel, and enthusiasm were always present. Prayerfully, his shining example will be handed down to his dynasty.

John was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; his son, Christopher, Winthrop, Washington; his daughters, Mary Anne (Molly) Solomon, and Husband Geoffrey Russell, Winter Park, Florida, and Mary Katherine (Kate), and husband Spencer Jones, Longwood, Florida; five grandchildren, his brothers, Colonel Wm. V. Solomon (USA Ret) Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and James H. Solomon, Vienna, Virginia. John was preceded in death by his parents, Brigadier General M.A. Solomon (USA Ret) and his wife Molly Solomon.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, July 28 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 9151 Elys Ford Road, Spotsylvania.

Interment will take place on Wednesday, July 29 in Arlington National Cemetery.

The family requests that a random act of kindness be given to someone of your choice in Johnís memory.

ďAnd when our work is done, Our course on earth is run, May it be said, ďWell done; Be thou at peace.Ē