Joseph D. Douglass Jr.
May 30, 1935 – May 23, 2014
Joseph Douglass, Jr., Ph.D., an author, teacher and internationally recognized
authority on U.S.-Soviet relations and subsequent geo-political strategies and
conflicts, died Friday at his retirement home in Pompano Beach Fla. He was 79.
During his career, Dr. Douglass was sought out for his research, knowledge and
expertise on the strategies and tactics of the U.S.S.R. during the Cold War and also
for his interviews revealing facts about the fate of thousands U.S. military personnel
listed as missing in action and prisoners of war during World War II and the Korean
and Vietnam conflicts.
Dr. Douglass was born on May 30, 1935 in Rocky River, Ohio, the son of Joseph
Douglass Sr. and Clara Douglass. His father was a patent attorney. Joseph Jr. was a
graduate of Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., where he also was awarded his Ph.D. in
While at Cornell, Dr. Douglass founded a men’s triple quartet singing group known
as The Sherwoods, that performed in the U.S. and abroad entertaining U.S. service
men and women at USOs and military bases. He was also a member of the Paul Hill
Chorale in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Douglas taught at Cornell as well as The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore,
MD, and the Navy Postgraduate School. He also worked at the Advanced Research
Projects Agency, now renamed the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
Dr. Douglass was best known for two books that he wrote following a long
debriefing of Mr. Jan Sejna, the highest-ranking Communist defector to the United
States. Those books, Red Cocaine, the Drugging of America, and Betrayed, the story of
MIAs and POWs from several U.S. wars, are considered by some experts to contain
breakthrough information on international drug strategies and the illegal detention
and experimentation on MIAs and POWs based on factual evidence gained from
Other books he authored included Soviet Military Strategy in Europe, Conventional
War and Escalation: The Soviet View, CBW: The Poor Man’s Atomic Bomb, Decision- Making in Communist Countries: An Inside View, Why the Soviets Violate Arms Control
Treaties, The Soviet Theater Nuclear Offensive, and America the Vulnerable – The
Threat of Chemical/Biological Warfare. The books have been noted as best sellers by
the U.S. Government Printing Office.
Dr. Douglass’ papers, research and writings have been donated to Patrick Henry
College, Purcellville, VA.
In addition to singing in groups, Dr. Douglass was an avid outdoorsman who loved
to climb mountains, hike and scuba dive. He also loved the theater, classic movies,
cooking, and good conversation over gourmet dinners and fine wine.
Dr. Douglass was formerly a member of the Columbia Baptist Church, Falls Church,
VA, and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Shenandoah Valley, VA.
Dr. Douglass is survived by his widow, Roberta Gilbert Douglass, M.D., and two
children, Jeffrey Douglass and Gail Douglass. A memorial service for Dr. Douglass
will be held at 3:30 p.m., June 7, at John Knox Village Chapel, 651 SW 6th Street,
Pompano Beach, FL. 33060.
Donations in Dr. Douglass’ memory can be made to:
The John Knox Village Foundation, 400 N.W. Murray Road, Lee’s Summit, MO 64081
Operation Blessing, International, PO Box 2636, Virginia Beach, VA, 23450
The Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW, Suite 103,
Washington DC 20007
Joseph D. Douglass Jr.
May 3, 2015
Robbie---so sorry to hear of joe's passing. Hugs to you and kudos to his memory. he was a good a faithful man to the truth he knew. blessings on you friend. please call when you can. Claudia
Mary Ann Ohsol
December 9, 2014
Robbie, sorry to hear of your husband's death. Don't have your address, but wanted you to know Blake passed away 8/15/14 of metastasized melanoma.
Best wishes, Mary Ann Ohsol
November 30, 2014
Tribute to His Memory.
September 4, 2014
Remembering a patriot and scholar who taught us how wonderful our nation truly is, and who showed us that human dignity must be contended for worldwide. Your understanding and input will be missed, sir.
Rest in peace.
June 21, 2014
Please know that my heart is aching for you because of Joe's death. God bless you, dear friend.
Your friend in Christ,
May 30, 2014
In memory of Dr. Douglass, a true patriot who sought to save those who were
unable to save themselves. We pray that you shall find the peace and
comfort you deserve in eternity for all the good that you have done.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition