Angus MacLean Duff

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Angus MacLean Duff passed away on January 7th, 2012. He was a resident of Colorado Springs for 30 years. He was 72 years old. Angus was born on March 25, 1939 in Raleigh, North Carolina to the late Martha Lawrence MacLean and the late William Erskine Duff. Angus is survived by his beloved wife of 17 years, Jacqueline Hill Duff; one brother, William Erskine Duff, Jr. of California; three sons, Duart Sinclair Duff and wife Carrie, Ian Lawrence Duff, and Angus MacLean Duff, Jr. and wife Tonya all of the Kansas City area; and seven grandchildren, Clair, Henry, Hattie, Aubin, Holly, Pearl, Austin and Ethan, all of the Kansas City area. Angus is also survived by his three step-children, Marni Jo Kraemer and husband Mike of Colorado Springs; Marci Jo Bay and husband Scott and Brian Leslie Hazzard and wife Lejla of the Denver area; and four grandchildren, Reagan of Colorado Springs, and Mackenzie, Chandler, and Dylan, all of the Denver area. Angus graduated from Greenville, North Carolina High School in 1957. He attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill as a Morehead Scholar, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1961. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He then studied Political Theory at Exeter College, Oxford University, England and subsequently was selected a Root - Tilden Scholar at New York University Law School, New York City. He left law school to attend United States Air Force Pilot School, Enid, Oklahoma graduating in 1964. Angus was a C-130 Pilot in South Vietnam over the period 1964 - 1968, and flew 605 pilot combat missions. He then attended graduate school at Georgia College, and graduated with a Master of Science degree in Administrative Management. He later attended graduate school at the University of Kansas, Lawrence as a Ph. D. candidate in American Studies/Management. The summer of 1968, Angus became a commercial pilot for Trans World Airlines, flying out of Kansas City. For the next 31 years, he flew three aircraft as a pilot for more than 25,000 jet hours, domiciled in Kansas City, Chicago, and St. Louis. He retired from T.W.A. in 1999. He was a member of the Airline Pilots Association. Simultaneously, Angus continued his flying career with the United States Air Force Reserve. He flew C-130 aircraft as an instructor pilot and logged more than 6,000 jet hours in Kansas City and Colorado Springs. He was President of the Colorado Springs Chapter of the Reserve Officers association (two terms), and Vice President of the Colorado State Reserve Officers Association. Angus retired from the 302nd Wing at Peterson Air Force Base in 1990 as a Command Pilot and Lieutenant Colonel with 26 years total service. His Air Force 27 decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross. Before he departed this life, Angus said that he will dearly miss all of his Air Force Reserve and T.W.A. friends in Kansas City and Colorado Springs. In 1989, Angus was selected for the Marquis Who's Who in the West; this attested to his lifetime contributions to society up to that point. Angus enjoyed many times with his family, his good friends and neighbors at the family cabin in Sportsmen's Paradise, Lake George, Colorado. He also had memorable experiences with his family, his good friends and neighbors. His most satisfying and enriching hobby was spending time and playing with his twelve grandchildren, who affectionately called him "Moosepapa"; they gave him real purpose and meaning to his life. His other hobbies, which he participated in over his lifetime and were worthwhile endeavors, were big game and waterfowl hunting, fishing, golf, world-wide travels (including many cruises) and spectator sports (football, basketball, baseball, and golf). He also very much enjoyed supporting his grandchildren in their hobbies. A memorial service will be held on Saturday January 14th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church, 4925 Farmingdale Drive, Colorado Springs. Inurnment will be at the Lake George, Colorado cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make a donation are being received in the name of Angus Duff Memorial at ENT Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 15819, Colorado Springs, CO 80935-5819
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Published in The Gazette from Jan. 11 to Jan. 12, 2012
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