Friday, January 2, 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT: James W. Deardorff passed away on Dec 28, 2014

Date of birth August 28 1928
Date of death December 28 2014

James W. Deardorff (Jim) died on 12/28/14 of lung cancer at the age of 86, despite never having smoked.

Jim was born on 8/28/28, the middle of three children to Ralph and Mary Deardorff in Seattle. He was raised in Portland and graduated from Lincoln High School. He spent his freshman year at Reed College then transferred to Stanford to participate in an NROTC scholarship. He spent his fourth year at UCLA studying all the prerequisites for graduate meteorology. After serving 3 years in the Navy he studied graduate meteorology courses at University of Washington, where he received his PhD in 1959. After working on an air-sea interaction project at U of W, he obtained a job at the newly established National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO in 1962.

It was at UCLA where he first became involved with folk dancing, and at a dance at the U of W he met his wife, Leona. They were soon married and raised 3 daughters. Over the next 54 years they enjoyed folk dancing and hiking. Leona preceded him in death in 2010.

Jim spent a rewarding 16 years at NCAR as a senior scientist specializing in thermal convection, turbulence and diffusion within the planetary boundary layer. In 1978 he left NCAR with his family for the Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University, where he was a research professor until taking early retirement in 1986. This freed up his time to pursue frontier topics such as the UFO phenomenon, which led to his further interest in biblical and reincarnation studies. He published numerous papers and books related to his research of these subjects. His work in these fields can be viewed at his principal website:

His brother Don, sister Valerie, three daughters Ellen, Laila, Dana, grandchildren Michael and Kristine, survive him.

Per his wishes there will be no memorial service.

Source: Crown Memorial Centers
More about Deardorff: here
Deardorff's website and blog: and
See Deardorff's donation to UFO-Prophet: here

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