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ROBERT EDWARD (BOB) MINTURN

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MINTURN, ROBERT EDWARD (BOB) - age 85, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, passed away peacefully at Ben Atchley State Veteran's home on Thursday morning July 18, 2013, after a long illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl B. Minturn and Clara Bachand Minturn; and his son-in-law, Terry Reich Moore. Mr. Minturn was born in Deadwood, South Dakota, on May 11, 1928, and lived in Sturgis, South Dakota, until 1942. At that time the family moved to Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Washington High School in Portland and received a B.S. degree from Oregon State College and a PhD in physical chemistry from Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa. Bob received a commission from the United States Air Force ROTC when he received his B.S. degree but was deferred while he pursued graduate studies at Iowa State. In 1955 the Air Force ordered him to active duty to act as a nuclear research officer at the Air Force's Nuclear Propelled Aircraft program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Upon release from active duty with the Air Force in 1957 he accepted employment with the Chemistry Division of ORNL working in Molecular Beams Group investigating the dynamics of atomic and molecular collisions. After years of basic research in molecular beams he began doing applied research in the Water Research Program of the ORNL Chemistry Division helping to develop the use of dynamically formed membranes to remove impurities from waste waters and brines. He spent two years as technical assistant to the associate director for Physical Sciences at ORNL. In 1976 he became program manager for the Annual Cycle Energy System (ACES) research program in the Energy Division of ORNL. In 1981 he became program manager of the Innovative Structures Program at ORNL, in addition to the ACES program. In 1983 he became the ORNL manager of the Building Equipment Research Program and held this position until his retirement in 1985. Mr. Minturn is credited with fourteen scientific publications during his tenure at ORNL. Community service activities included coaching basketball when his children were playing church league ball and Recording for the Blind. He was a former board member and treasurer of the Oak Ridge Civic Music Association, and board member and president of the Oak Ridge Playhouse. It was at the Playhouse that he discovered one of his favorite activities was acting. He had parts in a number of plays, his most memorable being his role as Captain Fisby in "Teahouse of the August Moon" which was the first production performed in the "new" Oak Ridge Playhouse in Jackson Square. Other interests were tennis, volleyball, camping and hiking with family and friends, and traveling. He was an accomplished photographer and he leaves behind an impressive portfolio of family photos and scenery from his many travels. Bob is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ginny; son, Mark Minturn and his wife, Pam of Mount Vernon, Illinois; daughter, Nancy Minturn and her husband, David Landau of Knoxville, Tennessee; daughter, Becky Moore of Burbank, California; son David Minturn and his wife, Mary of Oak Ridge, Tennessee; eight grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. The family will receive friends at First United Methodist Church, 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, in Oak Ridge, on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. with a service to follow at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 or at www.alzfdn.org. Arrangements by Cremation Options, Inc. (865)6WE-CARE (693-2273) www.cremationoptionsinc.com









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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on July 21, 2013
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