From: Giuliano Marinkovic <giuliano.marinkovic.nul> Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2011 23:03:10 +0200 Archived: Thu, 08 Sep 2011 06:43:19 -0400 Subject: Colonel Ivan C. Atkinson Passes ----- Condon report Preface: http://tinyurl.com/3ghdbfx On 31 August 1966, Colonel Ivan C. Atkinson, Deputy Executive Director of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, addressed a letter to the University of Colorado. In it he outlined the belief of AFOSR that a scientific investigation of unidentified flying objects conducted wholly outside the jurisdiction of the Air Force would be of unusual significance from the standpoint of both scientific interest in and public concern with the subject. Colonel Atkinson requested "that the University of Colorado participate in this investigation as the grantee institution." The University was asked to undertake this scientific study with the unconditional guarantee that "the scientists involved will have complete freedom to design and develop techniques for the investigation of the varied physical and psychological questions raised in conjunction with this phenomenon according to their best scientific judgment." ----- Washington Post Obituary: http://tinyurl.com/3k48wjl Ivan C. Atkinson, 94, a retired colonel who served in the Air Force for three decades, died Aug. 4 at the Fairfax nursing home at Fort Belvoir. The former North Arlington resident had a blood disease, his daughter Ruth E. Soulier said. Col. Atkinson retired in 1971 as a lead researcher on nuclear weapons technology at the Air Force Systems Command at Andrews Air Force Base. He had worked previously at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, where he studied thermal radiation and directed research on propulsion systems for nuclear missiles. His other assignments included Air Force investigations of UFO sightings. Ivan Charles Atkinson was born in Youngstown, Ohio. He worked at steel and chemical plants there and in Pittsburgh before joining the Army Air Forces in 1942. During World War II, he was a fighter pilot headquartered in the Panama Canal Zone. Col. Atkinson was a 1938 graduate of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where he studied chemical engineering. He received a master's degree in nuclear engineering from North Carolina State University in 1953. His decorations included two awards of the Legion of Merit, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. He was a member of numerous professional organizations, including North Carolina State University's chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Col. Atkinson married the former Ruth V. Henry in 1939. They divorced four years later and were remarried in 1945. She died in 1973. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, the former Phyllis Mason of Fort Belvoir; a daughter with his first wife, Ruth E. Soulier of Arlington County; three stepsons, Gary R. Mason of Newburg, David V. Mason of Alexandria and Robert K. Mason of Harrisburg, Pa.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. - Emily Langer ----- Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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