Douglas Earl Eastwood

July 31, 1924 - April 17, 2009

Douglas Earl Eastwood, 84, passed away Thursday, April 17, 2009, after a long battle with Alzheimerís disease. Douglas was born in Indianapolis to Earl V. Eastwood and Thelma Yelton Eastwood.

He was raised and graduated from high school in Dayton, Ohio. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he earned his bachelor of arts from Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., where he met his wife, Ruby Carolyn Collins Eastwood. Douglas went on to earn a masterís degree from the University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. in physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

As one of the first computer scientists in the country, Douglas worked on developing computer languages at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J. He became director of the computer center at Rutgers University, and founded the computer science department at the University of Wyoming. He worked for the Department of Energy and Bureau of Mines. He also started his own business, Action Computing, in Laramie, Wyo.

Douglas was a deacon and elder in the Presbyterian Church in Meyersville, N.J., and in Laramie. He was very active as an adult leader for the Boy Scouts of America. He also volunteered recording audio books for the blind. He loved hiking, camping and fishing in the mountains of Wyoming.

Douglas is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruby Carolyn Collins Eastwood of Waukesha; their three children, Dan (Deb) Eastwood of Waukesha, John (Kathy) Eastwood of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Susan (Tony Paticchio) Eastwood of Ashford, Conn.; five grandchildren, Aidan, Bryce, Emma, Erin and Megan; a sister, DeLyle Eastwood of Pullman, Wash.; and four nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Ellin Carter.

A memorial service is planned; details to be announced.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the Presbyterian Church, Alzheimerís research, the Boy Scouts of America or The Caring Place, Attn: Mary Johnson, 810 North East Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186.