George R. Raach was born to Dr. Mary Taylor Raach (PhD) and Dr. John Howard Raach (PhD, MD) in Chicago, Il on July 27, 1945. He grew up in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton, where he attended St. Michael’s school. In 1956, he was enrolled at Howe Military School, Howe, Indiana, and there completed his elementary and secondary education. He then attended the University of Iowa as a recipient of a Hearst Journalism Scholarship.
In February 1967, he was commissioned in the United States Army, retiring with the rank of colonel in March 1994. He served in the United States, Germany, Vietnam, and Korea in the 2nd, 3rd, and 11th Armored Cavalry Regiments, the 2nd Armored Division, and the 194th Armored Brigade. He was a faculty member at the Army’s Command and General Staff College (CGSC), and the Naval and National War Colleges where he taught strategy and policy. In addition to the Command and General Staff College, he was a graduate of the National War College, from which he also received a Masters of Science in National Security Studies, and was a National Security Fellow at Harvard University. In the early 1990’s, he was a member of the staff of the Secretary of Defense, where he was involved in the development of the post-Cold war national security strategy and analyzing the lessons of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf crisis.
Following his retirement from the Army, he was a member of the professional staff of the Congressional Commission on the Roles and Missions of the Armed Forces and, later, the staff of a member of Congress. He also managed a Carnegie Corporation project focused on peacemaking. In 1997, he joined the firm of Booz Allen Hamilton where he contributed to many projects dealing with national security, including development of the Department of Homeland Security. He was the author of numerous books and professional articles on peacemaking, conflict prevention, and interagency processes.
He is survived by his wife, Linda J. Raach, of Leavenworth Kansas. Five children: John Raach and Sarah Lambie both of Austin, Texas, Michael Raach of Galveston, Texas, Barbara Hindman of Easton, Kansas, and Shannon Johnson of Leavenworth, Kansas. Twelve grandchildren: Patrick, Colton, Andrew, Julia, Cheyenne, Cory, Noah, Max, Ethan, Mac, Hope, and Vanessa. Two sisters: Dr. Stephanie A. Raach of Sun Lakes, Arizona and Gretchen E. Gravely of Richmond, Virginia.
He valued intellectual curiosity, physical and moral courage, the arts, and the marvels of nature. He wanted it said of him only that he loved God, his family and his country.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the funeral home at 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Rosary will be said at 3:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, March 11, 2019 at 10:00 am at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father David McEvoy, officiating. A private burial will be at Ft. Leavenworth National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be directed to the Blood and Marrow Transplant fund at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Payable to the University of Kansas Health System and mailed to Fund Development, 2330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Ste 305, Westwood KS 66205 or visit to donate online, or to the Leavenworth Interfaith Community of Hope .