Dominick Joseph DePaul

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DePaul Dominick Joseph DePaul of Lewis Center, Ohio, passed peacefully on January 10, 2014. Beloved husband of forty-four years to the late Carol Jones DePaul. Devoted father of Emily Jones DePaul Gil (Luis). Former husband of the late Martha Potter Schaefer, loving father of LaDorna DePaul Pfaff (Gary), James S. DePaul (Tim), and Leigh DePaul Turben (Dan). Born on May 5, 1921 to Salvatore and Josephina DiPaola of New York City and Collesano, Sicily. He also leaves behind his wife's children, Karen Klose Shanaberger (The Rev. Dr. Jeff), Marsha Klose Darrow and Megan Klose DeCastro. Grandfather of Anna Pfaff, Erica Pfaff (Don), Kevin Connors (Laura), Isabela Gil, Marc Gil, Isaac Gil; and great-grandfather, to Jack Connors. A graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City, he continued his studies at The Ohio State University. Dominick served as a medic in France during WWII, receiving a Purple Heart. He landed on Normandy Beach June 6, 1944 which began the invasion of Europe. After returning from Europe, he finished his B.S. degree in Chemistry and began his engineering career at Battelle in Columbus, Ohio. During Dominick's long and remarkable career, he worked forty-four years at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, atomic power division as a nuclear metallurgist, and played an integral part in the development of the Nautilus in 1957. The Nautilus was the world's first nuclear powered submarine. Before the Nautilus, U.S. submarines could not remain submerged for an extended period or dive below 920 feet. With the advent of the Nautilus, submerged running time was unlimited and diving depth extended to 2,400 feet. Consequently, the Nautilus changed the way submarine warfare was conducted and provided the United States with a significant tactical advantage. The Nautilus also came on stream during the cold war with Russia and served as the counterweight to the recently launched Sputnik. Dominick was also the editor of the Corrosion and Wear Handbook for Water-Cooled Reactors in 1957, sponsored by the United States Atomic Energy Commission. A burial service will be held on Monday, January 13, 2014, at Jefferson Memorial Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at 3 p.m. Dominick was an avid supported of education, as well as an advocate for an equal role for women in all societies. The family requests that donations may be made to Women for Women International: Helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives through education. (http://www.womenforwomen.org). CROUSE KAUBER SAMMONS FUNERAL HOME in charge of arrangements. Go to www.cksammons.com.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Jan. 12, 2014
Dominic J Depaul
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