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Dr. David G.H. FroodOct. 13th, 1924-Mar. 8th, 2001Dr. David G. Frood, founding Chairman of Physics at Lakehead University, passed away at his home on Thursday, March 8, 2001, following a lengthy illness. He will be greatly missed by family, friends, and colleagues around the world. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1924, David was the second son of David Graham Frood and Hilda Emma Frood (nee Horton). He attended Sir Richard McBride Public School and, later Vancouver Technical School, from which he graduated as the top academic student. He enrolled in mathematics at the University of British Columbia in 1942, but coming of age the following year, discontinued studies to join the war effort, enlisting in the Royal Canadian Engineers and serving as a Sapper until October, 1945. Returning to UBC, he quickly caught up and graduated with BA degrees in mathematics and physics. In 1949, he became a research scientist with the Aeronautics Department of the National Research Council in Ottawa. This work allowed him to return again to UBC and in 1951, earned an MA degree under the supervision of Dutch physicist Ad Dekker, who was to become a lifelong friend and colleague. Following graduation, David resumed his research career in Ottawa with NRC, later transferring to the Defense Research Board (DRB). In 1955, he decided to complete his education with a doctorate. He was accepted to study at the University of Liverpool, England, under Dr. Herbert Frálich, one of the most renowned theoretical physicists of the 20th Century. For two decades, during the height of the Cold War, he worked as a scientist on several classified research projects, first at the Royal Radar Establishment (RRE), in Malvern, Worcestershire then, from 1960 until 1966, at the Royal Armaments Research and Development Establishment (RARDE) at Fort Halstead, Kent. His PhD in Theoretical Physics was conferred in 1960. In 1966 he accepted a post as full professor and Chairman of Physics at the then brand-new Lakehead University. In addition to his academic career, he found time for community work, including being on the Board of Directors of St. Joseph's General Hospital and the founding Board of Directors of St. Joseph's Heritage. During his second sabbatical at Trinity College, Dublin, he was introduced to the charms of Ireland where he met Sheelagh McGowan, who would become his second wife. After retirement from LU in 1989, he continued research work in Ireland at University College Dublin and DIAS Projects included an international study on de-icing aircraft wings. David had a love of nature, expressing it through gardening, landscaping and hiking. A qualified machinist and baker, he enjoyed manual work, crafting wood and repairing items, making toys and devices. His last project was a perfect one-sixteenth scale replica of a clinker-built boat. He enjoyed improving upon the design and function of everyday objects and the company of his favourite cat. He also liked bike riding, racquet sports and crossword puzzles. David was predeceased by his father, David Graham Frood, his mother, Hilda Emma Frood, tragically by his brother Jamie, and his first wife Maureen Verna (nee Gray). He is survived by his loving wife Sheelagh, son David (Margaret), daughter Verna (Shaun) and four grandchildren, Georgina Ng, Katie Ng, Michael Frood and Gordon Ng, as well as numerous relatives in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Family and friends will gather at Corpus Christi R.C. Church for Funeral Mass Tuesday, March 13th at 2:00 p.m. celebrated by Rev. P.M. Stilla, V.F. J.C.L. Cremation to follow with interment in Ireland at a later date. Friends may call at the Sargent and Son Funeral Chapel, 21 North Court Street, on Monday, March 12th from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. with prayers beginning at 7:00 p.m."

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