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Dr. Wesley Osborne Doggett

January 24, 1931 - December 22, 2013
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Wesley Osborne Doggett, 82, peacefully passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2013, at his home in Raleigh, NC. Memorial services will be at 10:30 AM, Saturday, December 28, 2013, at the Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Raleigh. Wesley was born January 24, 1931, in Brown Summit, NC, the son of Elizabeth (Dobbs) and Banks C. Doggett, Sr. He was an Eagle Scout and Reidsville High School graduate, and received dual BS degrees from NCSU in Nuclear Engineering (1952 with High Honors) and Electrical Engineering (1953, in absentia). Wesley received the NCSU Physics Department's Outstanding Student Award in 1952 and was selected to be the...
Wesley Osborne Doggett, 82, peacefully passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2013, at his home in Raleigh, NC. Memorial services will be at 10:30 AM, Saturday, December 28, 2013, at the Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Raleigh.

Wesley was born January 24, 1931, in Brown Summit, NC, the son of Elizabeth (Dobbs) and Banks C. Doggett, Sr. He was an Eagle Scout and Reidsville High School graduate, and received dual BS degrees from NCSU in Nuclear Engineering (1952 with High Honors) and Electrical Engineering (1953, in absentia). Wesley received the NCSU Physics Department's Outstanding Student Award in 1952 and was selected to be the "Outstanding Engineering Senior" in Electrical Engineering. He was the first NCSU undergrad to become an associate member of Sigma Xi (1952). He was the Student Vice President (1951-52) and faculty member President (1961-62) of the NCSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

Professor Doggett was awarded two of the first pre-doctoral fellowships by the newly created National Science Foundation that supported his initial graduate studies at University of California at Berkeley during 1952-54. He earned his Master's and PhD in Physics from UC-Berkeley in three and one-half years. He studied under four Nobel Prize Laureates, Professors Luis Alvarez, Emilio Segré, Owen Chamberlain, and Edwin McMillan, in addition to Professor Edward Teller. During 1956-58, he served as a commissioned officer with the Air Force Nuclear Engineering Test Reactor project office at the Wright Air Development Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He became its Technical Project Coordinator and received the Air Force Commendation Medal in 1957. In 1958 he joined the Physics Department at NCSU, became a full professor in 1962, served as Assistant Dean of PAMS College from 1964-1968, and retired as Professor Emeritus of Physics in 1993. After retiring, he was an associate editor of the Cornelius Lanczos Collected Published Papers with Commentaries (1999).

Professor Doggett was a member of the NCSU's Academy of Outstanding Professors. His undergraduate and graduate courses in physics inspired many students to seek graduate degrees and to pursue careers in academia, the most notable being the past Chancellor of UCLA. His graduate students have become leaders in high-tech industries and some have created their own successful companies.

Though he thoroughly enjoyed teaching and served with distinction in academia, Wesley Doggett's true love was a beautiful woman from Colombia, Leonor Pinzón, whom he met at Berkeley where they both studied. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year. Together they raised eight children and Wesley often joked that no other person in the world has ever counted to eight more than he had in his lifetime. Since his retirement in 1993, he and Leonor have enjoyed traveling extensively – always making time to visit family, old friends and past students as well as making many new friends. In the last decade they adopted the beautiful city of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico as a second home during winter months where they always invited family and friends to join them as their guests.

Wesley and Leonor instilled a deep respect for education in their children. Wesley would proudly tell friends that together his eight children have earned 15 college degrees in physics, chemistry, pathology, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, business and economics, law, information systems technology and computers, including 1 MS, 3 MBA's, 2 PhD's, 1 JD and 1 MD. Wesley had fifteen grandchildren who called him "Papa" with great affection.

Survivors include his wife, Leonor of Raleigh; children (and their spouses), Kevin Doggett of Raleigh; Marc (Dolores) Doggett of Ashburn, VA; Norman (Gretchen Yost) Doggett of Santa Cruz, NM; Eric (Kelly) Doggett of Raleigh; Valerie (Peter) Purcell of Lenoir, NC; Nydia (Cooper) Tisdale of Roswell, GA; Steve (Blandine) Doggett of Magnolia, AR; Glen (Maria Kelly-Doggett) Doggett of Bellevue, WA; fifteen grandchildren and sister in-law Phyllis Doggett of Clinton, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Banks C. Doggett, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Wesley Doggett Award for Scholarly Achievement established in 2011 or the Wesley O. Doggett Endowment for The Science House, both at NCSU, or the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.

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"I came to know Wes only through working on the project Cornelius Lanczos Collected Published Papers with Commentaries at NCSU. I was immediately impressed..." Moody Chu (Cary, NC)

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