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EIDEMILLER, DONALD I. Donald Irwin Eidemiller (Don) passed away Monday, February 4, 2013 with his wife Roberta at his side. He was born September 1920 in Longmont, CO to Florence and Irwin Eidemiller. He graduated from Herbert Hoover High School in 1938 and San Diego State College in 1943. Upon graduation from the U.S. Naval Reserve Midshipmen's School at Northwestern University in Chicago in 1943 he was assigned to Amphibious Forces-Atlantic. Don was in the first wave on Utah Beach, Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 (D-Day). After his European duty he was reassigned to the Pacific (Hawaii) to Carrier Division 24, known as "Operation Magic Carpet," with the specific task of moving eligible dischargees from the Pacific back home to the United States. In late December 1945 Don returned to San Diego where he was discharged from active duty, but remained in the Naval Reserve until retirement in 1978 as Captain, USN-R. Don earned a master's degree in physical geography from the University of California, Berkeley in May 1949 and later that year accepted the position of assistant professor at Texas A & M. In May 1956 he earned a PhD from Indiana University in climatology and in September 1956 joined the faculty at San Diego State College and taught physical geography, meteorology and climatology. He established the SDSU weather station, which at the time was one of a very few at academic institutions and was second only to the regional weather station at Lindberg Field. He was selected for outstanding faculty contributions to the university in 1982 and retired as Emeritus Professor in June 1983. In retirement Don enjoyed world-wide travels, sailing his boat, the Auggie II, serving on the College Area Community Council, visiting family and friends, reading and watching football. Don was a member of Omega Xi, Sigma Xi, the American Meteorological Society, the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers and was a charter member of the National World War II Museum. Don was preceded in death by his sisters, Madelyn Marshall and Margaret Neeley, and granddaughter, Megan Glanville. He is survived by his wife of seventy years, Roberta; daughters Marilyn Skelley (Jim) and Kathleen Glanville; son Robert; grandchildren Nicholas, Paige, Cole, and Laurel; great-grandson Max; brother-in-law Robert Billings (Jacqueline), and many nieces and nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on February 26, 2013 at Mission San Diego de Alcal√° at 2:00 p.m. Private interment with full military honors will occur at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations be made to the Nazareth School Building Fund in memory of Donald Eidemiller, 10728 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego, CA 92108.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Feb. 21, 2013
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