Gordon Hosmer MacDougall ’40

Gordon Hosmer MacDougall ’40 died on October 25, 2007, in Berryville, Va.

He was born on November 25, 1918, in Northampton, Mass. He prepared for college at Concord High School in Massachusetts and became a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity at Bowdoin. He attended graduate school at Duke University in 1940-41 before serving as a meteorologist in the U.S. Army Air Corps from 1941-45 during World War II, attaining the rank of captain. In August of 1943, he became the first meteorologist to fly into a hurricane on a B-18 aircraft. He took photographs of the storm through the open bomb bay door. Following the war, he received a master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1947 and was a teaching fellow in Spanish there in 1946-47. From 1947-1950, he worked on a grant from the U.S. State Department’s Division of Cultural Relations and taught English in Mexico City, Mexico. He taught at Phillips Andover Academy in Massachusetts in 1950-51. From 1953 until his retirement in 1967, he was a meteorologist, physical oceanographer, and supervisory oceanographer. He was a member of the Research Society of America and the American Meteorological Society. He is survived by a brother, Stephen C. MacDougall of Westford, Mass.