Paul Louis Gerin Fahlstrom
May 15, 1929- March 16, 2016
Colonel Paul L. G. “Spike” Fahlstrom, of Tracy’s Landing, Maryland, was born in Cloquet, Minnesota on May 15, 1929, to Paul R.G. and Louise Fahlstrom. He died after a short illness on March 16, 2016 surrounded by his family at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Parole, Maryland. He was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Annapolis.
He attended school in Cloquet, graduating in 1947, and went to the University of Minnesota, Duluth, graduating in 1952. He attained his Masters in Engineering Science degree from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. in 1962.
His military and civilian careers very much tied into his love of aviation. Colonel Fahlstrom learned to fly at age 16, and despite surviving a plane crash in which his best friend died, maintained his interest in flying. While at college, Paul joined the U.S. Marine Corps officers training program; after his graduation from UMD, he became an officer and pilot. He was proud of his time as an active-duty Marine, and upon stepping down from active duty, joined the USMC Reserves, attaining the rank of full colonel before his retirement.
Colonel Fahlstrom had a long career with the U.S. Government, as an engineer. He worked on for NASA on the Mercury project at Langley AFB and the Advanced Orbiting Solar Observatory at Goddard Space Flight Center; for the FAA on the Supersonic Transport, for DOT on the Federal Airport and Airways study, and finally, for DOD’s DARCOM on unmanned aerial vehicles, and aviation systems and weapon management. He retired from U.S. Government Service in 1986.
He was a prolific author, notably with Thomas Gleason of the seminal “Introduction to UAV Systems,” which has gone through four editions. Colonel Fahlstrom also authored such books as “Old Cloquet, Minnesota,” “The Great Ontonagon Copper Boulder,” “Tales Real and Imaginary,” “Burnished by Fire,” et al. These tied in with his great interest and love of family, history, genealogy, and of course, Cloquet, where in later years he and Beverly spent the later summers at their cabin.
Colonel Fahlstrom is survived by his wife Beverly Evans Fahlstrom, his daughters Paula (Greg), Lisa (Bill), and Laura (Billy), and grandchildren Geoffrey Davis, Ashley (Anthony III) Azzarello, and Gerin Meissen, and two great-grandchildren, Kayla and Anthony Azzarello IV.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016