A beloved grandparent, husband, military officer and inspiration to a generation of young students died today at 78 following a fire near his home in Amissville, Va.
Family members report that retired Air Force Col. Ivan G. Mieth was discovered by his son-in-law following a sweeping brush fire around 5 p.m. today. An autopsy will be performed in Manassas.
Col. Mieth was perhaps best known locally as the Commandant and Chief of Staff of Randolph-Macon Academy, a co-educational boarding school with a strong Air Force JROTC program which Mieth headed from 1984 to 2005.
Prior to moving to Virginia, Col. Mieth served in the Air Force for 29 years including a tour in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967.
Funeral arrangements are pending.