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Donald Hill Rock

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Donald Hill Rock

Birth
Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Death
4 Nov 1989 (aged 78)
Roseville, Ramsey County, Minnesota, USA
Burial
Coupeville, Island County, Washington, USA GPS-Latitude: 48.2048682, Longitude: -122.706455
Plot
Pratt Addon Space 71
Memorial ID
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The Star Tribune, November 7, 1989

Donald H. Rock, 78; was Educator, USAF Scientist

Donald H. Rock, 78, an educator and civilian employee of the U.S. Air Force, died of cancer Saturday at the Presbyterian Home at Langton Lake Place in Roseville.
Rock, a science administrator for the Air Force, helped detect the first Soviet atomic blast in 1949, said his nephew, Jack rock, of St. Paul. “He always said that it was the highlight of his career,” Jack Rock said.
Donald Rock’s wife, Irene, said that at the time their family knew little of her husband’s work with the Air Force. She said he received four citations for exceptional service.

Born and raised in St. Paul, Rock graduated from St. Paul Central High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and math from Macalester College in St. Paul, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in math from Iowa State University in Ames. He finished his schooling in 1939. Rock taught math and science at Macalester, Iowa State, the University of Nebraska and Brown University in Providence, R.I. During World War II, Rock was a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C., for two years. In 1948, he was hired by the Air Force as the deputy technical director of the Atomic Energy Detection System based in Arlington, VA. He retired in 1972 and returned to St. Paul.
Rock was active with the Macalester College Alumni Association and Meals on Wheels.

He is survived by his wife, Irene, of Roseville; children, Geraldine Mathis, of Seattle, Donald, of Australia, and Lawrence of, of Minneapolis; sister, Dorothy Jorgensen, of Shelburne Falls, Mass.; brothers, Walter Rock, of Sun City, Ariz., and Robert Rock, of Modesto, Calif., and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Macalester College Chapel, St. Paul. Interment will be private.
The Star Tribune, November 7, 1989

Donald H. Rock, 78; was Educator, USAF Scientist

Donald H. Rock, 78, an educator and civilian employee of the U.S. Air Force, died of cancer Saturday at the Presbyterian Home at Langton Lake Place in Roseville.
Rock, a science administrator for the Air Force, helped detect the first Soviet atomic blast in 1949, said his nephew, Jack rock, of St. Paul. “He always said that it was the highlight of his career,” Jack Rock said.
Donald Rock’s wife, Irene, said that at the time their family knew little of her husband’s work with the Air Force. She said he received four citations for exceptional service.

Born and raised in St. Paul, Rock graduated from St. Paul Central High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and math from Macalester College in St. Paul, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in math from Iowa State University in Ames. He finished his schooling in 1939. Rock taught math and science at Macalester, Iowa State, the University of Nebraska and Brown University in Providence, R.I. During World War II, Rock was a civilian employee of the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C., for two years. In 1948, he was hired by the Air Force as the deputy technical director of the Atomic Energy Detection System based in Arlington, VA. He retired in 1972 and returned to St. Paul.
Rock was active with the Macalester College Alumni Association and Meals on Wheels.

He is survived by his wife, Irene, of Roseville; children, Geraldine Mathis, of Seattle, Donald, of Australia, and Lawrence of, of Minneapolis; sister, Dorothy Jorgensen, of Shelburne Falls, Mass.; brothers, Walter Rock, of Sun City, Ariz., and Robert Rock, of Modesto, Calif., and six grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the Macalester College Chapel, St. Paul. Interment will be private.

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