Joseph F. Douglas, Sr.
Springettsbury Twp - Joseph F. Douglas, Sr., age 92, of York, PA, died Sunday, January 20, 2019, at his residence. He was the husband of Edna J. (Nichols) Douglas.
Born October 31, 1926 in Indianapolis, IN, he was a son of the late Louis J. and Marion E. (Brabham) Douglas. Mr. Douglas was the first black electrical engineer in the USDA Rural Electrification Administration in Washington, DC (1948-1956), helped to found the electrical engineering department at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA (1956-1964), and worked for American Machine & Foundry in York (1964-1966). During his career with Penn State University (1966-1987), Mr. Douglas was an associate professor of electrical engineering and served as associate dean for commonwealth campuses. He received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1972 and was a graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia (MSEE) and Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (BSEE).
Mr. Douglas served as a member of the final class of the U.S. Army Air Corps Tuskegee Airmen during WWII.
Mr. Douglas was a member and Elder of First Presbyterian Church of York and a Life Senior member of IEEE. In conjunction with Penn State York, he founded the Mathematics Opportunities in Engineering, Science and Technology (MOEST) tutoring program. He served as president of the York NAACP, the Community Progress Council, and as a board member of Crispus Attucks Community Center, and York Hospital.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Douglas is survived by their four children: Marian Douglas-Ungaro, and spouse, Carlo, of Washington, DC and Rome, Italy; Joseph F. Douglas, Jr., and spouse Ana (Kellerman), of Anchorage, AK; Marie A. Douglas, of San Rafael, CA; and Barbara J. Douglas, of York; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; cousins, nieces, and nephews; and a sister, Opal (Douglas) Hood, of Indianapolis. He was preceded in death by a brother, Louis R. Douglas, and a sister, Jean E. (Polley) Spears, both of Indianapolis.
A Celebration of Life will be held 12:00 noon, Wednesday, January 30, 2019, at First Presbyterian Church of York, 225 East Market St, York, with Rev. Allison Herman Beaulieu officiating. Viewing will precede the service, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Interment will follow at Susquehanna Memorial Gardens. Kuhner Associates Funeral Directors, Inc., 863 South George Street, York, is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church Caring Ministry, 225 East Market Street, York, PA 17403; Crispus Attucks Community Center, 605 South Duke Street, York, PA 17401; or to Penn State York Campus Scholarship Fund, 1031 Edgecomb Avenue, York, PA 17403. KuhnerAssociates.com
Published by York Daily Record on Jan. 25, 2019.