Joseph Douglass Obituary
 
In Memory of

Joseph D. Douglass Jr.

May 30, 1935 - May 23, 2014
Obituary

Joseph Douglass, Jr., Ph.D., an author, teacher and internationally recognized authority on U.S.-Soviet relations and subsequent geo-political strategies and conflicts, died Friday at his retirement home in Pompano Beach Fla. He was 79. During his career, Dr. Douglass was sought out for his research, knowledge and expertise on the strategies and tactics of the U.S.S.R. during the Cold War and also for his interviews revealing facts about the fate of thousands U.S. military personnel listed as missing in action and prisoners of war during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Dr. Douglass was born on May...
Joseph Douglass, Jr., Ph.D., an author, teacher and internationally recognized


authority on U.S.-Soviet relations and subsequent geo-political strategies and


conflicts, died Friday at his retirement home in Pompano Beach Fla. He was 79.


During his career, Dr. Douglass was sought out for his research, knowledge and


expertise on the strategies and tactics of the U.S.S.R. during the Cold War and also


for his interviews revealing facts about the fate of thousands U.S. military personnel


listed as missing in action and prisoners of war during World War II and the Korean


and Vietnam conflicts.


Dr. Douglass was born on May 30, 1935 in Rocky River, Ohio, the son of Joseph


Douglass Sr. and Clara Douglass. His father was a patent attorney. Joseph Jr. was a


graduate of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., where he also was awarded his Ph.D. in


electrical engineering.


While at Cornell, Dr. Douglass founded a men's triple quartet singing group known


as The Sherwoods, that performed in the U.S. and abroad entertaining U.S. service


men and women at USOs and military bases. He was also a member of the Paul Hill


Chorale in Washington, D.C.


Dr. Douglas taught at Cornell as well as The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore,


MD, and the Navy Postgraduate School. He also worked at the Advanced Research


Projects Agency, now renamed the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.


Dr. Douglass was best known for two books that he wrote following a long


debriefing of Mr. Jan Sejna, the highest-ranking Communist defector to the United


States. Those books, Red Cocaine, the Drugging of America, and Betrayed, the story of


MIAs and POWs from several U.S. wars, are considered by some experts to contain


breakthrough information on international drug strategies and the illegal detention


and experimentation on MIAs and POWs based on factual evidence gained from


interviews.


Other books he authored included Soviet Military Strategy in Europe, Conventional


War and Escalation: The Soviet View, CBW: The Poor Man's Atomic Bomb, Decision-
Making in Communist Countries: An Inside View, Why the Soviets Violate Arms Control


Treaties, The Soviet Theater Nuclear Offensive, and America the Vulnerable – The


Threat of Chemical/Biological Warfare. The books have been noted as best sellers by


the U.S. Government Printing Office.


Dr. Douglass' papers, research and writings have been donated to Patrick Henry


College, Purcellville, VA.


In addition to singing in groups, Dr. Douglass was an avid outdoorsman who loved


to climb mountains, hike and scuba dive. He also loved the theater, classic movies,


cooking, and good conversation over gourmet dinners and fine wine.


Dr. Douglass was formerly a member of the Columbia Baptist Church, Falls Church,


VA, and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Shenandoah Valley, VA.


Dr. Douglass is survived by his widow, Roberta Gilbert Douglass, M.D., and two


children, Jeffrey Douglass and Gail Douglass. A memorial service for Dr. Douglass


will be held at 3:30 p.m., June 7, at John Knox Village Chapel, 651 SW 6th Street,


Pompano Beach, FL. 33060.


Donations in Dr. Douglass' memory can be made to:


The John Knox Village Foundation, 400 N.W. Murray Road, Lee's Summit, MO 64081


Operation Blessing, International, PO Box 2636, Virginia Beach, VA, 23450


The Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW, Suite 103,


Washington DC 20007

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