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Douglas Ericson

September 30, 1925 May 27, 2019
Douglas Ericson
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Douglas Ericson, 93, of Georgetown, died Memorial Day. A pioneering nuclear scientist, he helped build and manage experimental nuclear reactors in six states, although most of his work was performed at the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls. His projects included developing and testing nuclear reactors for nuclear submarines, small scale power reactors, and liquid metal fast breeder reactors. A prolific writer, he was also a scholar of early American West and Native American history.

He served as president of the Idaho Writers League and was also a scholar of early American West and Native American history. He was a quiet, thoughtful man with a keen sense of humor who never lost his thirst for education and knowledge. A South Dakota native, he studied at the South Dakota School of Mines and South Dakota State University. He served on a counter-electronics plane for the Navy in World War II.

His family wishes to extend our deepest gratitude toward Georgetown Hospital, the UK Gill Heart Institute, and the compassionate team at the Bluegrass Hospice Care Center at UK Healthcare for the most excellent care.

His wife of 52 years, Kathleen, preceded him in death. He survived by daughter Diane Walter (Matthew) of Georgetown, Kentucky, and son Brad Ericson (Patricia) of Salt Lake City, Utah. He also is survived by granddaughters Katie Ericson Tucker (Timothy) of Lubbock, Texas, and Rachel Ericson (Austen) of Murray, Utah. He was interred in a private ceremony in Idaho Falls


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