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Douglas Fenn Obituary

Douglas D. Fenn

Douglas D. Fern died on Friday, October 5, 2012, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Doug was born in New York City on June 13, 1934, to Donald Fenn and Amelia Clute and raised in Douglaston, New York, where he attended Zion Episcopal Church. He graduated from Bayside High School, Hobart College (Phi Beta Kappa), Columbia and New York University.

In 1956, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and began his career as a meteorologist with the Air Weather Service.

He was stationed at bases in Bangor, Maine and Seville, Spain. He ended his active duty at the Severe Storms Forecast Center in Kansas City, Missouri, but remained with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard for another 14 years. He continued his career as a research meteorologist for the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States Air Force Environmental Technical Applications Center (ETAC) in Washington, D.C., NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Beltsville, Maryland, and the National Weather Service in Silver Spring, Maryland. Gifted in mathematics, Doug's area of professional expertise was Probable Maximum Precipitation and he co-authored several Hydrometeorological Reports for NOAA in the 1980s and 1990s. He retired in 2002 and after living in Alexandria, Virginia, for 35 years, moved to Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2004.

Doug is remembered for his loving dedication to his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Susan Wakefield Fenn; his children, Katy and Andrew, of Durham, North Carolina; his cousins, Penelope Piantedosi of Troy, Michigan, Valerie Tonsgard, of Chicago, Illinois, and Tom Ireland of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Memorial donations should be directed to the University of Virginia Cancer Center. A memorial service will be conducted 2:30 p.m. Friday, October 18, 2012, in the Westminster Canterbury chapel.

This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.
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Published online on 10/19/2012 courtesy of Daily Progress.