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    Dr. Harold “Harry” Orville

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    Dr. Harold “Harry” Orville


    Dr. Harold “Harry” Orville, 79, Rapid City, died Monday, June 6, 2011 at a local nursing home. He was born January 23, 1932 in Baltimore, MD to Howard and Lillian (Duvall) Orville. He grew up in Arlington, VA, graduating from high school in 1950. Harry graduated from the University of Virginia in 1954. He married Laura Milster in 1954. Harry served with the Army Signal Corp and was honorably discharged in 1956 as a 1st Lieutenant. He received his Masters Degree from Florida State University State University, Tallahassee, in 1956 and his PhD from the University of Arizona, Tucson. Dr. Orville came to the Black Hills and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in February 1965. Dr Orville helped set up the Department of Meteorology – the academic arm of Institute of Atmospheric Sciences – and became department head in 1974, serving for twenty years in that position. . He took sabbaticals with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the World Meteorological Organization travelling extensively around the world. He served as interim vice president at SDSM&T in 1987 and 1993, and as acting director of IAS. Upon retiring from fulltime teaching in 1996, Orville was named a distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. Orville was a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and in 1993, was awarded the Charles Franklin Brooks Award, the highest award for service. In 1965 Harry became the manager of Harney Little League teams, was active in the Boy Scouts of America and served as PTA President. Dr Orville was an avid golfer, becoming a member of the Hole In One Club in 1998, and initiated the annual South Dakota School of Mines and Community Golf Tournament, which has raised tens of thousands of dollars for scholarships. The seventh annual event took place this past Monday, the day that Dr. Orville passed away. Survivors include his wife, Laura Orville, Rapid City, three sons; Douglas Orville and his wife, Lynn, Ellsworth, Maine, Laurence Orville and his wife, Diane (Price), Lake Forest, CA, Allen Orville and his wife, Elise Forrette, Long Island, NY, a daughter, Katherine “Trinka” Miracle, Robbins, CA, two brothers; H. Thomas Orville, Roanoke, VA and Richard Orville, College Station, TX, and six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Memorials will be placed towards the Harold and Laura Orville Graduate Fellowship through the SDSM&T Foundation or to the South Dakota School of Mines and Community Golf Tournament . A memorial service will be held 10:00 am, Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Rapid City.