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Obituary of David B. Doan, 84

Name of Deceased David B. Doan
Age 84
Date of Death 03/27/2010
Date of Birth
Funeral Home Koch Funeral Home

David Bentley Doan, 84, of State College, died Saturday, March 27, 2010, at his home.

A State College native, he was the son of the late Josephine Bentley and Francis J. Doan He is survived by three children, Susan Zimmerman Quinn, Jean Zimmerman Gray and Thomas Bentley Doan; four grandchildren, Charles and Catherine Gray and Christopher and Melanie Doan; and two sisters, Cynthia D. Adams, of Philadelphia and Marilyn D. Jenkins, of State College. He was predeceased in 2003 by his wife, Phebe Zimmerman Doan.

He graduated from State College High School in 1943 and from Columbia USNR Midshipmen's School in 1945, becoming Reconnaissance Officer of his USN Underwater Demolition Team and (post V-J Day) Engineer Officer of the USS LCI 880 in the Marshalls and Carolines, a Military Government Officer at Kwajalein, and ultimately a field officer with the Office of Naval Intelligence in Guam. He completed a B.Sc. in Geology & Mineralogy in 1948 and a M.Sc. in Geology in 1949 at Penn State. Much later Dr. Doan completed a Sc.D. with the American Institute of Urban and Regional Affairs, a subsidiary of the World Council on Sustainable Development. His dissertation was the 'Geology of the Miyako Archipelago, Ryukyu Islands'. Further education included Nuclear Weapons School at Sandia, N.M., Missile School at Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala. and Army Special Warfare School. From the Tokyo Office of the Military Geology Branch of the U.S. Geological Survey (in the days of Douglas MacArthur in 1949) until 1962, he conducted basic geological studies in the Western Pacific Islands and Far East, plus engineering evaluations of airfields, coasts and harbors, underground installations, and certain special facilities. He then headed a cooperative program with Japanese scientists analyzing the geology and mineral resources of Korea, Manchuria, China, Sakhalin, and the Kurile Islands. After this, in Washington, D.C., he led a unique project on the involvement of the earth sciences in Cold War strategic problems, combining imagery with work at the National Security Agency, and directly advised the Highest Level of the United States Government on intelligence findings. In 1962, he joined the Technical Staff of the Johns Hopkins Operations Research Office, later the Research Analysis Corporation of McLean, Va., carrying on research in terrain constraints on tactical operations, and studies of the role of Special Warfare in the utilization of natural resources in Asian developing countries to encourage capital formation and the establishment of economic base, primarily in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. At various times he lectured at West Point, USN Little Creek Amphibious Base, and the JFK Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg. His analysis, "The Impact of Terrain on Tactics and Strategy" was presented by the Army's Chief of Engineers, and well received, on two occasions at the Naval War College. In 1968, he began independent consulting on projects worldwide including engineering site studies; water-supply development; exploration programs for base and precious metals; mining of metals, coal, and precious stones; and such miscellany as placer mining in Borneo, evaluation of Red-Sea port requirements for Saudi Arabia, projected Japanese coal requirements, engineering-materials problems in Guam, and emerald-recovery problems in Kashmir. During this time he was visiting professor of Geology, University of Maryland at College Park, for several years. Finally he joined the U.S. Bureau of Mines' Division of International Minerals, which unexpectedly migrated back to the U.S.G.S., where Dr. Doan had started almost 50 years before, and whence he retired as Physical Scientist Emeritus. Overall, he was involved in exploration, engineering, military, and economic sectors of his profession, active in many parts of the United States and Canada as well as Japan, Korea, Iceland, Pakistan, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, and the Mariana, Ryukyu, Marshall and Caroline Islands. His bibliography of more than 140 scientific papers ranges from the highly theoretical to totally applied earth sciences. He belonged to Theta Chi Fraternity, Sigma Xi Research Honorary, Alpha Nu Astronomy Honorary, the Penn State Blue Band, Thespians, Glee Club, College Choir, Mensa (Washington) and was both a power and sailplane pilot; also the Geol. Soc. Of America, the Amer Inst. Of Prof. Geologists, American Assoc. Of Petroleum Geologists, the Amererican Geophysical Union, the New York Academy of Sciences, Explorers Club of New York, and was a Certified Engineering Geologists, State of California. He has been listed in Amererican Men of Science, World Who's Who in Finance and Industry, and Who's Who in the East.

Services are private, at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be made to The Center for the Performing Arts, the Pennsylvania State University, Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park, PA 16802. Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College.