Cherished husband, father, grandfather and friend, Doug passed away peacefully at home in Santa Rosa on April 20, 2012 at the age of 81 with his wife Jean at his side. He remained strong and brave as he fought his diagnosis of Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis. Doug was a warm, generous individual who cared deeply about his family and friends. A 2nd generation San Franciscan, he moved to Sonoma when he was 12 with his twin brother and parents, Lois and Albert McVeigh. As a young man he was honored to go to Boys State, was presented with his Eagle Scout Award at age 14 by Governor Earl Warren, and graduated first in his high school class. He was a proud member of the 1949 Santa Rosa Junior College football team, which was rated the #1 team in the nation. Doug and his teammates were inducted into the SRJC Football Hall of Fame and they still retain their friendship and gather for their annual "Huddle" which always meant so much to him. After graduating from San Francisco State with a teaching credential in mathematics, and continued graduate studies at UC Berkeley, Doug served in Germany with the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After he got out of the Army, Doug was a high school math teacher. The week he gained tenure, he changed the trajectory of his life and entered the computer industry. In 1961, Doug met "the love of his life," Jean, while both were working at Honeywell in the computer division. She lived in Boston and he in Los Angeles and their courtship lasted all of five months before marrying August 5, 1961 in Jean's hometown of Homer in Upstate New York. Their love affair lasted over 50 years. Doug's career in the computer industry led them to live in Los Angeles, Australia, Boston, Montreal, and Vancouver. He was ahead of his time in getting a grant from the Canadian Government to start the bar code system for supermarket products. As a Co-Founder of firms in Vancouver and Silicon Valley, Doug retired from Stanford Research Institute (SRI) where he chaired the Computer Industries Group, which specialized in international marketing opportunities, new business formation, merger and acquisition analysis, and strategic alignment. Doug and Jean returned to Sonoma County in 1988 and enjoyed their lifetime passion by traveling around the world seeing all seven continents while enjoying skiing, golfing, dining, and the friendship of so many. Doug was always thinking about others and enjoyed meeting new people, striking up conversations at a seminar, the World Affairs Council, life-long learning classes, and always that pretty waitress. He knew how to work a room! He took so much joy in the lives of his children and grandchildren, and his many friends. Doug is survived by his wife Jean and three children, Stephen (Lima) of San Francisco, Bill (Patty) of Sonoma, Katie (Jason) Parrish of Santa Rosa, and five grandchildren: Siena and& Sophie, Jake, and Kira and Kyle, as well as his twin brother Donn McVeigh (Sandy) of Oakland. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate gifts made in his honor to the Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation 40/50 Football Scholarship Fund #4051 ( <A HREF=http://www.santarosa.edu/foundation> www.santarosa.edu/foundation </A> ), the Sonoma Land Trust ( <A HREF=http://www.sonomalandtrust.org/> www.sonomalandtrust.org </A> ) or a Sonoma County organization meaningful to you. Please join us for a celebration of Doug's life to be held at The Quail Inn at the Oakmont Golf Club on Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m.
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Published in the Press Democrat from April 26 to April 30, 2012