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Doc (Harold Irving) Ewen

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Doc (Harold Irving) Ewen of South Deerfield passed away on October 8, 2015 at the age of 93. Doc was the beloved husband for 58 years of Mary Ann Ewen (née Whitney), who passed away on September 26, 2014. Doc and Mary Ann had eight children who loved them dearly (see below). Doc did his undergraduate studies at Amherst College in mathematics and astronomy and graduate studies at Harvard University in physics. While at Harvard and working with Ed Purcell, Doc detected interstellar hydrogen (the 21 centimeter line), thereby launching the field of radio astronomy. Working in the Cyclotron Lab at Harvard, his efforts led to the development of the first external beam, an achievement that was ultimately adapted for the treatment of brain tumors. Between studies at Amherst and Harvard, Doc served as Second Lieutenant in the Navy during World War II with engagements in the European and Pacific theatres. As part of his early efforts during the war, Doc taught celestial navigation for a pilot training program at Amherst College. After graduate school, Doc served as co-director of the Harvard Radio Astronomy Program, as well as CEO of Ewen Knight and Ewen Dae Corporations. Doc was President of EK Associates and President and Technical Operations Director of Special Projects LLC at the time of his death. Amongst Doc’s honors, he was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of the IEEE Morris E. Leeds Award. Doc was an avid Red Sox fan, a passion that extended to building a ball field in the back yard on which he often played ball with his children. Doc is survived by his children: Donald Arthur Ewen and his wife Cara Ewen, Bruce Irving Ewen, Mark Edward Ewen and his wife Katherine McShea Ewen, Deborah Ann Wesley Pitochelli and her husband Ernie Pitochelli, David Kelvin Ewen and his wife Maria Ewen, Daniel Scott Ewen and his wife Jean Ewen, and Rebecca Diane Ewen. Doc was the beloved grandfather of ten grandchildren: Sean Ewen, Kaitlin Ewen, Drea Ewen, Kimberlin Ewen, Charles Wesley, Jonathan Wesley, Andrew Wesley, Nathan Ewen, Audrey Ewen, and Andrew Ewen. Doc was predeceased by his son James Whitney Ewen.

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