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Douglas Williamson Jr.

obituary from local newspaper, reprinted with minor corrections

Dr. Douglas B. Williamson Jr., 82, of Beaver Lake, New Jersey, died Monday, July 30, 2001.

He was born November 16, 1918, son of Mildred Evelyn Keating and Douglas B. Williamson Sr.

He served in the Naval Air Force during World War II and in the Naval Reserve for many years, achieving the rank of lieutenant commander. He received his doctorate at Columbia University. He taught in the Physics Department at West Virginia University from 1946-1978. He served as chairman of the West Virginia Academy of Science, Science Talent Search Committee and director of the West Virginia Science Talent Search. He was an active member of the American Meteorological Society, American Association of Physics Teachers, Sigma Pi Sigma, the University Senate, and the College of Arts and Science Scholarship Committee. He was an avid caver and member of the National Speleological Society, making a number of additions and corrections for the West Virginia Geological Survey, Caverns of West Virginia.

After his retirement, he relocated near his family's cottage on Beaver Lake. He served as treasurer of the Franklin Mineral Museum and on the board of the Lake Girard Fish and Game Club. He was active in the Beaver Lake Home Owners Association, and the Beaver Lake Realty Co. He was instrumental in saving a large tract from development as a board member of Friends of Sparta Mountain and an active member of the New Jersey Highland Coalition.

He is survived by his wife, Dora Alma Ford Williamson, of Morgantown; two daughters, Mary Kay, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Elizabeth Ann, of Morgantown; a son, Robert Douglas, of LaFayette, New Jersey; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Louise Simmons.

Memorial service will be held at Beaver Lake at the convenience of the family. Donations: New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Douglas Williamson Memorial Fund, 170 Longview Road, Far Hills, New Jersey 07931.

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