Graveside inurnment services for William H. Douglas, Jr., 87, Lawrence, KS will be on Tuesday, May 22 at 10:00am at Pioneer Cemetery on the West Campus of KU. He died on Friday, May 18, 2012 at Brandon Woods at Alvamar.
He was born on April 23, 1925 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the son of William H. Sr. and Florence Leland Douglas. He and his family moved to Lawrence from Topeka, KS in 1969.
Dr. Douglas was a retired professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Kansas. He joined the faculty in 1968 and retired in 1994.
He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of KS. He received an M.S. degree from Stanford University and his PhD from the University of Missouri.
Dr. Douglas was an Elder and on the Board of Deacons of the First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence, a member of the Lawrence Civic Choir and the KU Retirees Club, and a Life Member of the KU Alumni Association. He was also a member of Phi Gamma Delta , Sigma Tau and Tau Beta Pi Fraternities, and a past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers-Kansas Section. Bill’s passions in life included many aspects of music including playing the piano and organ and singing in various choirs as well as snow skiing. He shared these passions with his family and friends.
He married JoAnn Everett on October 16, 1953 in Topeka, KS. She preceded him in death on May 14, 2001.
Survivors include two sons, William H. Douglas III (Patricia Pierce), of Eagle, CO, Bruce E. Douglas, of Lawrence; two daughters, Margaret Douglas (Linda Mikulich), of Sugar Creek, MO, Nancy Douglas Wallace (John Wallace), of Kingwood, TX, a granddaughter, Katheryn Wallace, of Tuscaloosa, AL; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, William H. Sr. and Florence Leland Douglas,¬¬ and stepmother, Lenora Schroyer Douglas.
The family suggests memorials in his name to the KU Endowment Association and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.