Alfred “Al” “Dad” “Poppop” “Grandpa” Bisset, 88, peacefully passed away in Atlanta, Georgia, Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Born on August 30, 1926 to Alfred and Helen Bisset in Washington, DC, he attended Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, earned his Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Education and Doctorate of Education from the University of Maryland. He will be forever remembered by the “Love of His Life”, wife of 62 years, Patricia (Hill), their six children Kristina (John) Whittaker, Suzanne (Forest) Butler, Sheila (Lee) Aronfeld, Dana Bisset, Julie (Chris) Reid, and Peter (Mary) Bisset; six grandchildren, Erin and Chelsea Whittaker, Dustin and Brad Whittier, Matthew Bisset and Emily Bisset.
Al began his amazing career by serving his country as a Navy Corpsman during WWll. He became a Teacher and Middle School Principal. He then joined the US State Department as a Foreign Service Officer for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Al’s career allowed him and his family to live all over the world in countries like Brazil, India, Egypt, Barbados, Kenya and Jamaica.
Al’s accomplishments are many, but his earliest achievement was becoming an Eagle Scout. As a Teacher, his innovation of developing individual learning plans for students, helped students learn the way each needed to learn. Through determination, and while helping to raise six children, Al earned his Doctorate of Education. He received many awards including the second highest award at USAID, the Superior Honor Award, for his “sustained innovative and productive effort in the development of a major program in human resource development for the Egyptian people.”
“Al”, “Dad”, “Poppop”, “Grandpa”, will always be in our hearts for his devotion to his family, his humor, love of music, dancing, love of gardening and playing golf. Even in death, living with Alzheimer’s, Alfred Bisset wanted to make a difference, and in that, he decided to donate his body to Georgetown Medical School.