Doug built a distinguished career in the nation’s air defenses, then found great joy fabricating intricate models of ships at sea.

Described from his early days as always well-dressed, Doug grew up in Birmingham, Ala. At Princeton he roomed in Patton with Doug Kerin and Bob Hahn, and ate at Dial Lodge. With his Phi Beta Kappa key, Doug stayed to earn a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering and to marry Patti, his blind date at the Brown game junior year. After an Air Force tour, Doug spent his working life in the office of the Secretary of Defense and in executive posts with various defense and electronic contractors; work was never discussed over dinner with family or friends.

To relax, his thoughts went to the sea; he built 200 ship models, a hobby begun to honor his bomber-pilot dad’s World War II service, and that eventually filled much of the Beatty basement. A stalwart at the Washington Ship Model Society, Doug tracked down every detail for his 32-inch, unfinished rendering of the USS Princeton, an 1843 gunboat, completing models of later USS Princetons.

Doug taught classes at American University’s School of Management, entertained friends with dramatic recitations of  “The Cremation of Sam McGee,” and found joy in music, from classical to Tom Lehrer.

Doug died Aug. 17, 2020, leaving Patti, two daughters, a son, and four grandchildren.

Undergraduate Class of 1957
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Graduate Class of 1960