Frank Dore Jr., was that brilliant rocket scientist you always hear about. He died Saturday, November 9, 2013, with the joyful hope of joining his wife of 57 years, Nelly Reeves Dore, in Heaven. Frank was born December 14, 1924, to Frank and Harriet Dore and grew up in Whittier, CA. He graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1945 as an aeronautical engineer; married Nelly and they settled in La Jolla, CA, in 1952. They raised three children there who survive them now; Katie Cho who lives in Palo Alto, CA, Mike Dore who lives in Cottage Grove, OR, and Jeff Dore who lives in Atlanta, GA. He is also survived by seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.|
Frank, whose friends called him Hank, was a key manager in the creation of the Atlas missile, calculating thrust, trajectories and orbits with slide rules to put the first American astronauts into space. He became the lead engineer at General Dynamics for envisioning the future of space transportation.
He taught his children to love humor, body surf, fly kites, drive cars, survive ocean waves on reefs, love travelling and eventually to be good parents through his example. When their teenage transgressions warranted the threat, "just wait 'til your father gets home," the children knew all would be well. He is home now, and all is well.
Published in La Jolla Light on Nov. 14, 2013