Douglas Forsyth

Passed away on September 8, 2020

Douglas Forsyth passed away peacefully at home on September 8, 2020. He had fought a valiant battle with neuroendocrine cancer for the last three years. Doug was always active in the community and his church. Doug attended Memorial Presbyterian Church, serving as an Elder and tenor in the choir for over thirty years. Doug was active in United Way, Norman Business Association, Norman Envisioners, and Cleveland County Emergency Management. He was a Fellow in the American Meteorological Society. Doug was a founding member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter while attending South Dakota State University. He had many influential postings while in the US Air Force including the Palehua Solar Observatory in Hawaii and the Pentagon. He left the US Air Force after 14 years of service and settled in Norman, Oklahoma. Doug worked at the National Severe Storms Laboratory until his retirement in 2012. During that time, he served as project manager on behalf of NOAA during the planning, design and construction of the National Weather Center. Doug cherished visiting his South Dakota hometown every summer & the lake, boating, puzzles and many other hobbies such as bowling, bass guitar & amateur radio. He enjoyed amateur radio as a member of SCARS (South Canadian Amateur Radio Society) supplying radio support for numerous Marathons and severe weather seasons.

Doug is survived by his wife, Ann and four children: James Ottman, Ross Forsyth, Holly Forsyth, Rachel Forsyth Klenda (Michael) & two granddaughters Darcy & Millie; his brother Merlyn Forsyth and wife Jean; brother-in-law John Yates and wife Barbara; as well as his many nieces, nephews & cousins. The family held a private service and will hold a Celebration of Life service in the Spring. After his retirement, Doug founded the National Weather Museum & Science Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Please consider a donation,


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Holly Van Auken

September 20, 2020

So full of life and kindness. Such a big heart. He even took a shot at playing bagpipes! Quietly and humbly supporting everyone in his many communities. And creating communities! A wonderful neighbor., who bought a home with an uninterrupted view of the sky. But most especially loving Ann, Ross, Rachel, and Holly. He will remain in every sunrise and awesome storm-cloud.

Claude Duchon

September 18, 2020

I was pleased to be on Doug's Masters Degree committee during the time when the School of Meteorology was in Engineering Laboratory, more than three decades ago. My other personal connection to Doug was with racketball. We played a number of times, but the outcome never changed. Yes, he was in charge, but we always had fun along with some fine conversation. As time passed, Doug became increasingly involved in radar and played a highly successful leadership role in radar deployment. It was a pleasure and honor for me to know Doug, a kind individual and a valuable scientist.


September 18, 2020

Julie and i are sending our prayers on the loss of Doug. My first 20 some years of life included Doug as a big part. I had the pleasure of spending a few nights at your house in Brandt. They were usually a lot of fun and good time away from the farm. I do remember Doug seemed to spend a lot of time in the SW corner of the house on his amateur radio sending out a lot of dots and dash's. He always seemed to have a smile. He will be missed.

Ann Summers

September 13, 2020

I have missed that smile since retirement. What a great man he was. I had the privilege to work with Doug and his wonderful staff for many years. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

David Hopper

September 13, 2020

That is such a good picture of Doug; with a big smile on his face. I will always remember him as a big, generous, and gregarious man. And he had a dream, which he worked tirelessly to bring about---the National Weather Museum and Science Center. I enjoyed working with him on that dream. RIP, Doug; you lived a full life.

Tom Hawley

September 11, 2020

Debbie and I send our condolences to the Forsyth family. As a younger Brandt boy, I always looked up to Doug and will never forget his big smile. You are in our prayers. Tom Hawley

Linda Skaggs

September 9, 2020

Prayers to comfort Doug’s family. You were bigger than life part of my career for over 20 go to person for guidance and advice. Respected you immensely. Farewell and a God’s Speed.

Patricia Phoebus

September 8, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Doug and I were in graduate school together at OU, and he was always so much fun to be around. I appreciated his sense of humor. Over the years, we ran into one another occasionally at an AMS meeting, and I enjoyed swapping stories with him about our experiences as assistant directors of government research laboratories—him with NOAA, me with DOD. The world will be a sadder place without Doug in it. Prayers for your family.
Patricia Wallace Phoebus