William W. Douglass Jr. ’55

William W. Douglass Jr. ’55 died at home March 17, 2012, in Colorado Springs. He was born on February 4, 1934, in Manchester, N.H., and prepared for college at Kimball Union Academy. He attended Bowdoin from 1951 to 1953, a member of Theta Delta Chi fraternity, and graduated from the University of Albuquerque with honors in 1977. He joined the Air Force at age 19 and was a founding member of the legendary “Misty” Fast FACs. (“Misty” was the radio call sign used by the F-100F Fast Forward Air Controllers – Fast FACs – during the Vietnam War.) He served three tours of duty as a fighter pilot in Vietnam, and retired in 1974 at the rank of lieutenant colonel after 21 years of service. He was awarded two Silver Stars, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, Bronze Star, Air Medal with 24 Oak Leaf Clusters, and a Purple Heart. In civilian life, he taught science and math in public school and ran for Iowa State Senate. He was a nuclear power plant operator at Duane Arnold Energy Center in Cedar Rapids and retired in 1997 as director of fossil generation at Iowa Electric Utilities. He was an avid skier and golfer, spirited conversationalist, amateur artist, and adventurous traveler. He is survived by his wife of nearly 46 years, Jackie Rosenkranz Douglass; two sons, John and William Douglass III; three grandchildren; and a sister, Marie Louise Martin.

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