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Obituary of Arthur F. DuBOIS
Arthur F. DuBOIS, 90, of Coudersport, PA passed this life on May 27, 2018 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.
Born June 7, 1927, in Coudersport, he was the son of Arthur W. and Helen Welfling DuBois and the grandson of William and Nellie Olmstead DuBois and Charles and Emma Kortz Welfling.
On June 26, 1965, in Waverly, NY, he married the former Phyllis D. Wright, who survives.
A graduate of the Coudersport Public Schools, he served honorably with the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II, discharged as an Aviation Electronics Technician’s Mate Third Class.
He earned a BA in Mathematics and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University, and he was elected to the Phi Etta Sigma, Eta Kappa Nu and Phi Beta Kappa honorary societies. He completed graduate work at Syracuse University; was graduated from the Bell Telephone Laboratories Communications Development Training Program; attended Commanders’ Radar Bombing School at Mather Air Force Base; and attended ECM Familiarization School at Keesler Air Force Base.
From 1951 through 1954, Mr. DuBois was employed by Bell Telephone Laboratories as a member of the technical staff participating in the development of radar for strategic and technical aircraft. In 1955 through 1957, he was vice president of Coudersport Insuring Company, a business owned by his family. Mr. DuBois began his 25-year career with IBM’s Federal System Division in 1957. There he held various staff and managerial positions related to the development of avionics for strategic aircraft; digital sonar; communications equipment; and electronic warfare systems. Following his retirement from IBM, Mr. DuBois formed Defense Analysis Corporation and continued to consult in similar technical fields until 1992.
He was a member of the American Defense Preparedness Association, the Air Force Association, the Association of Old Crows, the American Legion, and the Potter County Historical Society. Mr. DuBois was a life member of the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department for which he served as an active firefighter for 55 years. Mr. DuBois served as a board member for the Eulalia Cemetery Association and the Potter County Housing and Redevelopment Authority. He served as a director and vice president of The First National Bank of Coudersport and also as a director of Commonwealth Bancshares, Commonwealth Bank, and Commonwealth Bank-North.
Friends may call at the First United Presbyterian Church, Coudersport on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, with Funeral Services following at 12:00 Noon. The Rev. Warren Cederholm and the Rev. Donald Caskey will co-officiate. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials made to the Eulalia Cemetery Association, the Potter County Historical Society, or the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.