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Frank Curtis Douglas ’57

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Frank Curtis Douglas ’57, November 14, 2011, in Bailey, Colorado, of complications from a heart condition. Frank earned a BA from Reed, an MS from the University of Illinois, and a PhD from the University of Connecticut in physics. He was a member of the National Honor Society and the American Physics Society, and had a career as a materials scientist with United Technologies Research Center in East Hartford, Connecticut. Frank and his wife, Diane Mesmer Douglas, moved to Colorado after Frank’s retirement in 1992. They skied in the Colorado Rockies, ran a team of Siberian huskies, and grew orchids. “What Reed actually did for me,” Frank wrote 30 years after graduating, “was to provide a broad and solid platform in the humanities and peripheral fields, which I believe to be indispensable to the proper formation of a balanced view of the world and of life in general. Without this, one cannot adapt to the changes constantly occurring, nor can one distinguish the good from the bad. For this, Reed will always have my support.” Survivors include his wife and his brother, George C. Douglas ’60.

Appeared in Reed magazine: March 2012

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