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Donald Dyer Dissly ’43

Donald Dyer Dissly ’43, July 17, 2007, in Louisville, Kentucky. Donald attended Reed for three years in a 3/2 program, earning a BA from Reed in physics and a BS from MIT in business and engineering administration. In June 1942, he married Elizabeth Tator ’43. Donald served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a cryptographic specialist during World War II. He worked for Douglas Aircraft in Pasadena, California, and Boss Manufacturing in Kewanee, Illinois, and was director of research and development at the Courier-Journal and the Louisville Times. He directed the American Newspaper Publisher's Association in Easton, Pennsylvania, and created Dissly Systems, a subsidiary of the Courier-Journal. The business moved to Louisville, later becoming Dissly Research Corporation, for which he served as president and chairman; he retired in 1982. In retirement, Donald volunteered as a tutor for adults in English and mathematics. Survivors include Betty, two daughters, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 2008

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