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Donald P. Devor


1925 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Donald P. Devor Obituary
Donald P. Devor left this world on October 8, 2016 after a one year battle with prostate cancer. He was born in Detroit, Michigan to Hazel Rose and Paul Edgar Devor. He enlisted in the US Navy in August 1943 and served on the USS Jason until April of 1946, achieving a rank of Quartermaster 2. Following his Navy service he spent a year at the Detroit Institute of Technology and then another year at Wayne State University. In 1948 he moved to California attending UCLA from September 1948 to June 1951 attaining a Master's degree in Physics. He moved to San Diego in 1951 working at Convair as a research engineer. From 1954 to 1957 he worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena on missile guidance systems. In 1957, joined the Electro Optical-Data Systems Group at Hughes Research Laboratories working with Ted Maiman, Charlie Asawa, Irnee D'Haenens, and others on the team that successfully built the first laser confirming predictions from quantum physics. He went on to create the first laser pumped maser with Charlie Asawa as shown in the photo above. He published numerous research papers and held several patents on laser devices. In 1975, he married the love of his life Christine Robinson. He enjoyed a fun filled 23-year retirement with his family and friends enjoying skiing, camping, bodysurfing, and boating. He never lost his passion for theoretical physics continuing to develop ideas for high temperature superconductors until very late in his life. He was a generous, compassionate and extraordinarily genuine guy. He was loved and respected by all who knew him and a great inspiration to all of us that wonder in awe how the universe works. He is survived by his loving wife Christine Devor, his daughter Ann Devor-Gommel, his son William Devor, M.D., grandson Matthew Rosenberg and granddaughter Danielle Devor. Interment was at Miramar National Cemetery.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Nov. 1 to Nov. 2, 2016
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