Douglas L. Waide

Questing Heirs Genealogical Society Newsletter, Volume 39, Number 2 (February 2006), Page 12:


1921 – 2005

Douglas Lowell Waide passed away peacefully with his family at his side on December 5, 2005. He was 84 years old. Doug was born in Minneapolis, MN, on February 26, 1921. He was raised in the city of Wakefield, in the upper peninsula of Michigan, primarily by his grandmother, Wilhemina Mottonen and his cousins, the Ahola family. After high school graduation, he attended Duluth Junior College, then transferred to, and graduated from, the University of Redlands. Due to WWII, he actually had to miss his graduation ceremony but was invited to participate in the ceremony held in 2002. Doug later completed his Master’s Degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1947. Doug was a pilot during WWII, flying hundreds of missions in the European theater. After the war, he married Katherine Rice. They had two sons and a daughter. Doug spent his professional career as a school teacher at Paramount High School, Cerritos Jr. College (becoming its first faculty president), and several other area junior colleges. He also owned a variety of small businesses ranging from an insurance agency to a sales lead service. Doug was very involved in the Unitarian Church in Long Beach, CA, spearheading its Endowment Fund, and becoming the founder and chairman of the ongoing Long Beach Mozart Festival. Douglas is survived by his sons, Jim and Richard; daughter, Patricia; daughter-in-law Lisa; granddaughters, Monique and Katherine, and great grandchildren, Brittany, Jocelyn, Adam and Amanda. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 7, 2006 at 4 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach, 5450 Atherton St., Long Beach, CA.

Thanks to Patricia Waide for sending us the obituary above. Her father served as QH President 1989-90 and volunteered with Bob Brasher at the Long Beach Public Library.

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