Dr. David G. H. Frood

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    We regret to advise of the death of Dr. David G. H. Frood on 8 March 2001 at his home in Thunder Bay, ON at the age of 77. avid was the founding Chairman of Physics at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. Sapper David Frood was a Royal Canadian Engineer veteran of WW II.

    David was born in Vancouver, BC. He attended Sir Richard McBride Public School and, later, Vancouver Technical School from which he graduated as the top academic student.  He enrolled in mathematics at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1942 but discontinued his studies due to the Second World War when he joined the Royal Canadian Engineers and served overseas as a Sapper until October 1945.

    After demobilisation David returned to UBC and graduated with BA degrees in mathematics and physics. In 1949, he became a research scientist with the Aeronautics Department of the National Research Council (NRC) in Ottawa, ON.  This work allowed him to again return to UBC where he earned an MA degree in 1951.  Following graduation, David resumed his research career in Ottawa with NRC and later transferred to the Defence Research Board (DRB). In 1955 he earned a doctorate from the University of Liverpool, England.  For two decades, during the height of the Cold War, David worked as a scientist on several classified research projects - first at the Royal Radar Establishment (RRE), in Malvern, Worcestershire, UK, then at the Royal Armaments Research and Development Establishment (RARDE) at Fort Halstead, Kent, UK from 1960 until 1966.  His PhD in Theoretical Physics was conferred in 1960. In 1966 he accepted a post as full professor and Chairman of Physics at the then brand-new Lakehead University.

    David was involved in community work that included being on the Board of Directors of St. Joseph's General Hospital in Thunder Bay and the founding Board of Directors of St. Joseph's Heritage. After retirement from Lakehead University in 1989 he continued research work in Ireland at University College in Dublin and at Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. His projects included an international study on de-icing aircraft wings.

    Friends may call at the Sargent and Son Funeral Chapel, 21 North Court Street, Thunder Bay on 12 March from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. with prayers beginning at 7:00 p.m.  A funeral service will take place at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church in Thunder Bay on 13 March at 2:00 PM. Cremation to follow with interment in Ireland at a later date. {gdMar2017dc} [zsd, zpp]

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