Douglas Charles Ruhmann
Douglas Charles Ruhmann
  • March 16, 1942 - November 1, 2016
  • Missouri

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RUHMANN, Dr. Douglas Charles, 74, son of the late Ovid George and Sarah (nee Quigley) Ruhmann, passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family on November 1, 2016. Beloved husband of 53 years to Patricia (nee Pruetzel) Ruhmann; loving father of Richard (Susan) Ruhmann of Wichita, KS and Nancy Lee (Jim) Crews of Olivette, MO; dear grandfather of Sarah and Rebekah Crews; dear brother of Jane (Bill) Willett and Lynne (Lin) Midyett; dear uncle and friend of many.

Doug was born in East St. Louis, IL. He graduated from Belleville Township High School in 1959. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Illinois-Champaign. From there, while working for Caterpillar, as a manufacturing engineer, in Peoria, he earned his Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bradley University. In 1968, Doug left Caterpillar and returned to St. Louis after accepting a Research Assistantship from Washington University to research glass fibers, epoxies and composites. His dissertation was titled Strength of Composites: Effects of Stress and Environment. His research during this was published in several academic journals. He graduated in 1974. Doug went to work at McDonnell Douglas and worked his way up and became Chief Design Engineer for Materials and Processes. He left McDonnell Douglas to head a joint project at ACF Industries with Southern Pacific RR and Cargill. The team developed the first fiberglass covered hopper railroad car, The Glasshopper. While at ACF Industries, he obtained two patents. He returned to McDonnell Douglas in 1989. From 1989 until his retirement from Boeing in 2008, Doug was Program Manager for a proprietary effort. He was also Chief Engineer for the Harpoon / SlamER Program in 2007/2008.

In 2001, Doug received the Materials Science and Engineering Loyalty Award from the University of Illinois. He later served as President of the Alumni Board from 2003-2005.

Doug, known as Dr. Doug and Mr. Happy, loved cooking, fishing, skiing, and traveling with family and friends. He treasured the time he was able to be Paw Paw.

SERVICES: Visitation 4-8pm on Sunday, November 6, 2016 KRIEGSHAUSER MORTUARY WEST CHAPEL 9450 Olive, St. Louis 63132 and 10am until time of service 11am at St. Paul's Evangelical Church, corner of Olive and Warson on Monday, November 7, 2016. Interment to follow in St. Paul's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Alzheimer's Association St. Louis Chapter, Greater St. Louis APDA Chapter Resource Center, University of Illinois, or to the charity of one's choice.