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Wayne Mount

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Wayne Delano Mount, a pioneer in using chaos theory to predict the weather, and one of the foremost experts in remote probing of the atmosphere from space, died on March 25, 2013. He was 85. Born in West Allis, Wisconsin, on December 15, 1927, Wayne grew up on a dairy farm where he rode his pony, Fluffy Buttons, and tinkered with mechanical inventions to relieve him of his farm chores. In the 1940s, he moved to Ogden, Utah, where he earned his pilots license at the age of 16, taking great joy in flying search and rescue missions in the canyons of Utah. In WWII, he served as an aerial photographer in the U.S. Navy. Returning home from the Navy, Wayne was persuaded to take out his sisters best friend, Claire Lindgren, with whom he shared a love of dancing. The two were married in 1949. Wayne attended MIT on the GI Bill, earning a Ph.D. in meteorology and atmospheric physics in 1958. In the 1960s and 1970s, Dr. Mount worked at the Air Force Geophysics Research Directorate in Cambridge, where he analyzed data from top-secret U2 spy planes over Russia, and then worked at the Sperry Rand Research Center in Sudbury, where he did some of the earliest research on air pollution. In 1968, Dr. Mount was listed in Who's Who in Science. In 1975, Dr. Mount founded his own company, Geo-Atmospherics Corporation, which conducted analyses of satellite weather data for NOAA, NASA, and the Department of Defense, including work on the ability to predict ocean temperatures from space. Dr. Mount's research on remote probing of the atmosphere led to the design of equipment used to help airplanes land in fog and is still in use today. In 1958, Claire and Wayne moved to Lincoln, MA, where they became active members in the community. Persuaded by his daughter Lisa, already a member of the fife and drum corps, Wayne joined the Lincoln Minute Men in 1976, eventually serving two terms as their Captain. Among the many special events he shared with his colleagues in the Lincoln Minute Men, Wayne was honored to have marched in President Clintons Inaugural Parade in Washington, DC, in 1993. In later years, all three of his grandchildren joined him in these Minute Man activities. After marrying, Wayne danced through life with his wife, whom he fondly called Creek, for 64 years. He leaves his daughter, Robin Mount, and her husband, Mark Szpak, of Belmont; his son, Bruce Delano Mount, of Cambridge, and his younger daughter, Lisa Bekett Mount, of Lincoln. In addition, Wayne leaves adoring grandchildren John Szpak and his wife, Kristen, Mary Caroline Szpak, and Josephina Lindgren Mitchell, as well as many loving nieces and nephews. Wayne was known for his scientific approach to life, his sense of humor, and his jitter-bugging. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at the First Parish Church in Lincoln on Saturday, April 27, at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Lincoln Minute Men, P.O. Box 1775, Lincoln, MA 01773, or to the Friends of the Lincoln Council on Aging, P.O. Box 143, Lincoln, MA 01773. Arrangements are under the care of Susan M. Dee and Charles W. Dee, Jr, of Dee Funeral Home of Concord. To share a remembrance in Waynes guest book visit www.deefuneralhome.com.

Published in The Lincoln Journal from Mar. 30 to Apr. 6, 2013
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