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Raymond E. Wilson ’37

Raymond Wilson ’37, January 6, 1998, in Grand Junction, Colorado. He held a PhD in physics from the University of Washington and was a physicist in the aerospace industry for most of his career. During World War II, he worked as a civilian physicist for the U.S. Navy and at Boeing in Seattle. He later worked at the National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C., and also taught physics at George Washington University. In 1955, his wife’s health precipitated a move to a drier climate, and they relocated to Tucson, Arizona, where he joined the missile systems organization of Hughes Aircraft Company. With the exception of two years with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, he remained with Hughes in Tucson and Los Angeles until retiring in 1975 as senior scientist, missile systems division. His interests outside his career were many. He was active in St. Mark Episcopal Church in Durango and also volunteered many hours with Mercy Medical Center. He also held an amateur radio license and communicated regularly with friends and stations around the world. Survivors include a son, a daughter, and four grandchildren. His wife died in 1997.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2000

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