DOUGLAS D. FENN

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DOUGLAS D. FENN  

On October 5, 2012 in Charlottesville, VA. Doug was born in New York City on June 13, 1934 to Donald Fenn and Amelia Clute and raised in Douglaston, NY 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 U.S. 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, MO, 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, PA, the U.S. Air Force Environmental Technical Applications Center (ETAC) in Washington D.C., NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Beltsville, MD and the National Weather Service in Silver Spring, MD. 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 "90s. He retired in 2002 and after living in Alexandria, VA for 35 years, moved to Charlottesville, VA 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, NC, his cousins Penelope Piantedosi, of Troy, MI, Valerie Tonsgard, of Chicago, IL and Tom Ireland of Santa Fe, NM. Memorial donations should be directed to the UVA Cancer Center. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, 2012, at St. Barnabas' Episcopal Church, Annandale, VA.


Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 19, 2012
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