Dr. Warren T. Doolittle, age 91, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at Prince William Hospital, Manassas, VA. He was born in Webster City, IA July 24, 1921, son of Ed and Rhoda Leone Doolittle. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Jane Anne (Beddow) Doolittle, daughter Linda Bushar, son-in-law Thomas Bushar, son Randolph Doolittle, daughter-in-law LaRae Doolittle, son Steven Eric Doolittle and daughter-in-law Vicki Doolittle. He is also survived by three granddaughters, one grandson, two great granddaughters and two great grandsons.
Warren was a veteran of both WWII and the Korean War. Serving with distinction, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the European Theater of Operations with 5 Bronze Stars and the Korean Service Medal. He was a navigator trained in radar both for navigation and bombing, completing 29 missions in Europe and 17 missions in Korea. His planes were shot down several times but the crews survived as a result of heroic actions. During and after his military service Warren earned degrees from three Universities Iowa State, Duke and finishing with a PhD in Forestry from Yale.
His professional career with the US Forest Service was distinguished as well, serving as Director of Research for the Northeastern United States and retiring as Associate Deputy Chief for Research after 38 years of service. After retirement Warren remained active, serving as president of the Society of American Foresters in 1986 and fifteen years as president of the International Society of Tropical Foresters. In 1990 Warren received the Duke University Charles W. Ralston Award for Distinguished Alumni and in 2005 he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Yale University.
Funeral services and burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Arrangements are being made through Pierce Funeral Home, Manassas, VA, telephone (703)-257-6028. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the International Society of Tropical Foresters, 5400 Grosvenor Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814, telephone (301)-530-4514, or to Wounded Warriors Project, online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org/