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Rene Marcel Doublier Sr.


1941 - 2017 Obituary
Rene Marcel Doublier Sr. Obituary
Rene Marcel Doublier Senior, 76, of Pompano Beach, FL passed away peacefully at his home on January 28, 2017, with his children, Rene Jr. and Michelle, by his side.
Born in Morristown, New Jersey in 1941, Rene was the son of Marcel & Shirley Doublier, and the older brother to Dr. Richard Marcel Doublier. Rene was a graduate from Mountain Lakes High School ('58) in Mountain Lakes New Jersey prior to attending Princeton University. While attending Princeton, Rene furthered his passions for Electrical Engineering, FM radio engineering, and aviation.
"While Electrical Engineering had lone been a passion with me, it was also a fortuitous choice. In the late 1950's, the space race was in full swing. I had participated in the USAF ROTC program at Princeton with the goal of entering flight training. But alas, due to my failure to pass the color perception test, I instead was offered the first of two fellowships to pursue Master of Science and PhD programs in Electrical Engineering at the University of Southern California."
In his free time between engineering studies and his ROTC requirements, Rene served WPRB, the Princeton University campus radio station, as their technical director. Just days after graduation, Rene married Anna Maria Beck and he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the USAF where he would serve foe over 20 years. The Doublier family made their home in Manhattan Beach, California in 1965 eventually moving to Hermosa Beach in 1969. Rene was an active member at the Manhattan Beach Community Church. Dr. Doublier continued his studies at USC, earning his PhD in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics in 1971.
In the mid-1970s Dr. Doublier was assigned to the National Reconnaissance Office and supported the United States Intelligence Community in its mission to develop space based systems to monitor the weapons development programs of US adversaries in general, and the USSR in particular. With the systems built through his efforts, the Unites States was able to negotiate the initial SALT treaties during the Reagan administration and take the first steps towards the reversal of the nuclear arms race.
The remaining part of his government career was spent as "space cadet" assigned to an array of fascinating state-of-the-art programs. After retiring from the Air Force in 1982, Dr. Doublier did stints at TRW and Hughes before deciding to form the engineering consulting firm Eastern Sierra Research, whose activities continued to provide him with intellectual stimulation for many years.
Rene will be remembered for his quick wit, incredible mind, love of music, inventive spirit and hard work ethic.
Dr. Doublier is survived by his separated wife Janet Jones Parker and his second wife Judy Fredericks. He is also survived by his first wife Anna Beck Doublier and their children Rene Marcel Doublier Jr. and Michelle Anne Doublier Danly, and his three grandchildren, John Richard Danly, Emma Frances Danly, and Alexandra Margaux Danly.
Services will be held by his family at the Manhattan Beach Community Church, 303 Peck Avenue, MB. on Saturday, April 22 at 10:30am.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Apr. 20, 2017
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