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Passing of ANS’s First Executive Director Octave Du Temple

Octave J. Du Temple, the first Executive Director of the American Nuclear Society (ANS), passed away on March 7 after a short illness. 

Educated with an M.S. in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern, Du Temple was a key player in the founding of ANS. He was appointed Executive Director in 1958, a position he held until his retirement in December 1989.  

Du Temple strongly believed in the Society’s mission, and under his leadership ANS grew in professional stature to become a respected membership organization in nuclear science and technology. His dedication to the growth of the Society included the start of Nuclear News, which is still in production to date.  

In 1983, he was awarded an ANS Fellow designation.  ANS dedicated its current headquarters building in LaGrange Park, Illinois, in his name in 1992.

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