Archibald Colville Doty Jr.
March 28, 1920 -February 27, 2021.
Former RCA Board Member, and RCA Fellow
Born to Margaret (Bunker) and Archibald Doty Sr., Arch grew up on Delavan Terrace, in Yonkers, NY. He graduated high school from The Loomis Institute.
In the Fall of 1939, Arch brought radio to Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT with his tiny homemade AM transmitter broadcasting under the self-assigned call letters WES. Over 80 Years later, WESU FM remains one of the oldest and the longest continually operating student radio stations in the country.
During WWII he joined the Army Air Corps (later Air Force) because they promised to teach him to fly a 4-engine aircraft. With little to no training, he was soon flying B-24s, C-87s, and C-109s and flying the route from India to China. All in all, he flew over 150 trips over the Hump, before he was transferred as Operations Officer in Pengsham, China.
After the war he lived in Litchfield, CT and married Jane V. Hanway with whom he had three children. There he worked for the Torrington Fan Company, inventing an improved fan blade.
Later he worked for the Automobile Manufacturers Association in Detroit, Michigan, one of the first companies to develop seat belts and raise safety standards in cars.
Being an avid ham radio operator, he broadcast with his portable set all over the world for many years. Arch loved to say that he broadcast from Easter Island on Christmas day and Christmas Island on Easter. Most recently he worked with the ham radio club to establish an emergency communications system at Willamette View, Portland.
Arch had many interests. He was a life-long IEEE member and had numerous patents, the latest was in his 90’s. He was an intrepid world traveler. He always had a garden. He loved to learn and loved his well-trained dogs.
He is survived by his wife, Adah (Holmes) Doty, and children Ann Doty of AZ, David Doty of FL, and Susan Ross of VA, as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He open-heartedly added a step-daughter and her three children. All of them have wonderful stories about this interesting gentleman, who was highly intelligent, generous, a gracious host, and always interested in people and ideas.
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