Donald Ray Finch

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Donald Ray Finch, PhD, 81, of North Augusta, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017. He was born March 13, 1936 to Kenneth Day Finch and Lois Ellsworth Finch in Charles City, IA. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia "Fluffy" Thompson Finch.

Don was a member of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. He was a physics graduate of Louisiana Polytechnic Institute and Iowa State University, including membership in Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and the American Physical Society. As a member of the American Nuclear Society, he served in the Criticality Safety and Mathematics-Computations Divisions. Don was a retired nuclear scientist and dedicated member of the Ancient Free Masons of South Carolina, most notably as Junior Warden of the Acacia Lodge and holding multiple offices in the Aiken York Rite body - Chapter Excellent High Priest, Council Deputy Master, and Commandery Generalissimo. He was a supporter of the arts and played euphonium with the Aiken Community Band for many years. Following retirement, Don's greatest joy was spending time with family and serving with the Masons.

Don is survived by one son, D. Bryan Finch, of Greer, SC; one daughter, Jenna Gillis, and husband Bret of Summerville, SC; "Papa Don's" four grandchildren - Matthew and Zachary Finch of Greer, SC, and Noah and Hope Gillis of Summerville, SC; one brother, Ken Finch and wife Geebie of Katy, TX; 14 nieces and nephews, along with a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.

At Don's request, his body was donated to Augusta University / Medical College of Georgia for the advancement of science. The memorial service, officiated by Pastor David B. Hunter, Sr., will be Saturday, April 22, 3:00 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall following the service. Memorials may be given to Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 825 Greene Street, Augusta, GA 30901.
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Mar. 29, 2017