Douglas Alfred Rausch, 85, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, of Midland, died peacefully on Sept. 19, 2013, at MidMichigan Stratford Village.
Doug was born on July 26, 1928, to Dr. Oscar P and Anna (Klug) Rausch of Fort Wayne, Ind. He graduated from Indiana University
with a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1950, and from the University of Colorado with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemistry in 1954. His thesis was entitled "The Preparation and Properties of Perfluoroacrylonitrile and Its Derivatives." While in graduate school in Colorado he met Barbara Baird, and they were married on June 13, 1953. They started their life together in Waynesboro, Va. until the U.S. Air Force called Doug to Fairborn, Ohio, where he was stationed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base during the Korean Conflict. In October 1956 they moved to Midland, where Doug worked at The Dow Chemical Co.
In Midland, Doug deeply enjoyed his 36 years at Dow. He started as a research chemist, working on fluorine compounds. During his early years he earned many patents, and eventally became a laboratory director. Following a number of assignments in Research and Development and Technical Service and Development, he was named global director of Product Stewardship in 1979. Later that same year, he was named manager of the Reactive Chemicals Program, and later became director of Regulatory Compliance.
Doug will be best remembered for his total commitment to his wife and family. Doug and Barbara felt truly privileged to raise a family in Midland. He was very involved with Boy Scouts, helping his three sons all become Eagle Scouts. He and Barbara enjoyed building a home, gardening, golf, skiing, and tennis. They loved to travel the globe, particularly with friends and family. In retirement he treasured his new friends at the Dow Fitness Center. He instilled a deep respect for hard work and achievement in his sons and grandchildren. He and Barbara loved vacations with their children and grandchildren, and were deeply proud of their accomplishments.
Doug is survived by son, Douglas J. Rausch MD and wife, Connie Crane MD, of Minneapolis, Minn., grandsons, Andrew of Boston, Mass. and Evan of New York, N.Y.; son, David B. Rausch and wife, Marney, of Lafayette, Ind., grandsons, Daniel of Lafayette, Ind., Benjamin of Santa Clarita, Calif., granddaughters, Emily of Louisville, Ky. and Hannah and fiance Mark Pepper of Fort Thomas, Ky.; son, Richard A. Rausch and wife, Susan, of Midland, grandsons, Phillip and wife, Jessica, of Midland, Matthew of Ann Arbor and Steven of East Lansing.
Doug and his family would like to thank all the caregivers at MidMichigan Home Care and the caregivers and nursing staff at MidMichigan Stratford Village for their excellent care. Everyone involved treated him like a member of their own family.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, at First United Methodist Church. Friends may call at Ware Smith Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St., Midland, on Monday from 7-9 p.m., or alternatively one hour before the memorial services Tuesday at the church. Interment will be at Midland Cemetery at 2 p.m., Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to MidMichigan Home Care, MidMichigan Stratford Village, or First United Methodist Church, 315 W. Larkin St., Midland, MI 48640, or a