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Douglas Scott Chapin


Douglas Scott Chapin died on January 2nd, 2009 in Scottsdale, Arizona. A memorial service will be held at the Community Church of the Rockies on Monday, June 22nd at 2:00 p.m. Any memorial contributions in his honor may be made to the Estes Park Medical Center Foundation.

Douglas Scott Chapin, 86, was born to Ernest Chapin and Lillian (Yuill) in Muskegon, Michigan on July 14, 1922. He spent his youth in Manhattan, Kansas, after which he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Chemistry at Kansas State University. A marriage to Margaret Gordon preceded his induction into the Army in 1944. Doug served in Europe in a Medical Evacuation Unit during World War II. Doug received his Ph.D. at Ohio State University. He then taught and did research in physical chemistry at the University of Arizona. He spent a summer doing research at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California and a year at MIT’s Lincoln Lab in Lexington, Massachusetts.

In 1966 Doug, Margaret and their four girls moved to Bethesda, Maryland where he worked in the Graduate Education Division of the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C. until his retirement. Doug served in various volunteer capacities in the church and scientific organizations all through the years. He sang in the Oratorio Society of Washington D.C. for more than thirty years. He enjoyed his retirement years living in Estes Park, Colorado in the summer and in Arizona during the winter. He especially enjoyed the fellowship of the Summer Resident’s Association in Estes Park, and has been a member since 1993.

Doug is preceded by the death of his parents, and is survived by Margaret, his wife of nearly 65 years, two sisters, Doris Chapin of Loveland, Colorado, Elizabeth Burke of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, a brother, Wayne Chapin of Mt. Vernon, Missouri, four daughters, Jane Grieves of New Zealand, Ruth Chambers of Snellville, Georgia, Julie Hoerlein of Boulder, Colorado, Tina Huling of Marietta, Ohio, six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He will be greatly missed!

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