Obituary Bruce R. Doe

Dr. Bruce R. Doe, age 89, of Penick Village, Southern Pines, NC and formerly of Reston, VA, passed away on October 25th, 2020. Bruce was born in St Paul, MN to the late Richard and Ruth Doe.

Beloved husband of 23 years to Marjorie Little Korf (deceased), he is survived by his stepchildren Jim & Barbara (Seven Lakes, NC) and Mike Mapp (Annapolis, MD), nephews Charlie, his wife Carol (Edina, MN) and Robert Doe his wife Chris and their son Jackson(Edina, MN),  and niece Nancy Doe Maday her husband Mike and sons Matt and Chris  of Colorado Springs, CO,

Bruce enjoyed spending time with his 4 step-grandchildren: Jimmy, Geoff, Melanie and Steve Mapp, and 5 step-great-grandchildren: Ava and Landon Mapp, and Campbell, Samuel and Ben Mapp, all of Virginia.

He is preceded in death by his loving brother Richard Doe and his wife Shirley Doe, of Carmel CA.  

Bruce received his B.S. of Geological Engineering from Univ of Minnesota 1954, Master’s in Geology Minnesota Univ of Science and Technology 1956, and Doctor in Philosophy Cal Tech. 1960.

As a scientist, he published more than 100 technical papers in the areas of isotope geology, mineral resources, and environmental concerns. He was involved in the Apollo Program and post Apollo Program in the late 1960s and early 1970s and the National Acid Precipitation Program with the National Park Service in the 1980s. He was the first Western scientist to give the Vernadsky Memorial Lecture in Moscow during detente in 1976. He worked for 34 years for the U.S. Geological Survey in a variety of research and administrative positions, including tours as Chief of the Branch of Isotope Geology and as the Assistant Director of Research. He was president of the Geochemical Society. Both he and Marjorie were avid tennis players. He was President of the Fairfax County, Virginia, Golden Racquets Tennis Club for two years before moving to the Southern Pines area.

Funeral Services will be at a future date.

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Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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