Clarence Gould Thorn­ton

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Born Aug. 3, 1925 — died

Oct. 11, 2012 Clarence Gould Thorn­ton, Ph.D., age 87, of Free­hold Town­ship, died on Oct. 11, 2012. His life’s jour­ney was one of dis­tinc­tion and ac­comp l i s h ment with many stops along the way.

Dr. Thorn­ton was born in Detroit, Mich., on Aug. 3, 1925. He served in the Navy in the Sec­ond World War in WKH AViD 3DFi­fiF AUHD &DP­paign and was sta­tioned in Shang­hai at the con­clu­sion of the war. rpon his re­turn to the States, Dr. Thorn­ton earned a B.S. in chem­istry, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in phys­i­cal chem­istry from the rniver­sity of Michi­gan, set­ting the stage for a long and ac­com­plished ca­reer char­ac­ter­ized by cre­ative imag­i­na­tion, dy­namic lead­er­ship and keen in­sight.

Dr. Thorn­ton was in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized through both in­dus­try and gov­ern­ment po­si­tions for his many SHUVRnDO VFiHnWi­fiF DnG WHFKni­cal con­tri­bu­tions. He di­rected ma­jor pro­grams in semi­con­duc­tor de­vices, con­densed-mat­ter physics, in­te­grated elec­tron­ics, elec­tron tubes, dis­plays, high-en­ergy elec­tron­ics, power sources and elec­tronic ma­te­ri­als. Early in his ca­reer, Dr. Thorn­ton served as sec­tion head at Syl­va­nia Elec­tronic Prod­ucts and di­rec­tor of mi­cro­elec­tron­ics re­search and engi­neer­ing at Philco-Ford. While there, he led the de­vel­op­ment and SURGuFWiRn RI WKH fiUVW LDUJH Scale In­te­grated Cir­cuits for the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Agency for se­cure com­mu­ni­ca­tions. In 1972, he joined the Fed­eral Ser­vices, serv­ing as di­rec­tor of the Elec­tron­ics Tech­nolRJy DnG DHviFHV LDERUDWRUy at Fort Mon­mouth, N.J.

Dr. Thorn­ton’s per­sonal FRnWUiEuWiRnV PDGH D ViJnif­i­cant im­pact on the Army’s DEiOiWy WR fiJKW DnG win Rn D mod­ern high-tech­nol­ogy batWOH­fiHOG. HH wDV WKH GHvHORSHU RI WKH fiUVW vHUy-KiJK-IUHTuHncy tran­sis­tors, which made it pos­si­ble to build re­li­able ra­dios for the Army. He also es­WDEOiVKHG WKH fiUVW DuWRPDWHG man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses for pro­duc­ing these de­vices at af­ford­able cost. For these and IRU KiV VuEVHTuHnW FRnWUiEu­tions in gov­ern­ment ser­vices, he re­ceived the Armed Forces Com­mu­ni­ca­tions As­so­ci­a­tion Gold Medal.

Throughout his ca­reer, Dr. Thorn­ton’s ef­forts greatly ac­cel­er­ated the ap­pli­ca­tion of ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy in se­cure com­mu­ni­ca­tions, high res­o­lu­tion radar, smart mis­siles and elec­tronic war­fare sys­tems, for which he was dec­o­rated for Ex­cep­tional Civil­ian Ser­vice by the Sec­re­tary of the Army. In 1987, Dr. Thorn­ton was ap­pointed by Pres­i­dent Rea­gan to the rank of dis­tin­guished ex­ec­u­tive in the Se­nior Ex­ec­u­tive Ser­vice. He was also a fel­low of the In­sti­tute of Elec­tri­cal and Elec­tronic En­gi­neers. Ad­di­tional awards in­cluded the Army RCD Achieve­ment Award, the IEEE Cen­ten­nial Medal, and the Crozier Prize IRU VFiHnWi­fiF FRnWUiEuWiRn. ,n 1994, he was awarded the ,((( (nJinHHUinJ LHDGHU­ship Recog­ni­tion Award for 6FiHnWi­fiF DnG 0DnDJHPHnW LHDGHUVKiS in GHvHORSinJ mil­i­tary tech­nolo­gies and tran­si­tion­ing these developments to in­dus­try and academia.

Be­yond his many pro­fes­sional ac­com­plish­ments, Dr. Thorn­ton was very ac­tive in his community. As a mem­ber of the Mon­mouth Boat Club, he raced his sail­boat, Ex­cal­ibur, to vic­tory on many oc­ca­sions. He was also a golf en­thu­si­ast, play­ing for a num­ber of years at the Colts Neck GROI &OuE. LDWHU in OiIH, KH be­gan an ac­tive cam­paign to col­lect and sell lost golf balls Rn WKH FRuUVH WR EHnH­fiW ORFDO char­i­ties. Dr. Thorn­ton was also very ac­tive in the Colts Neck Re­formed Church.

While pur­su­ing life with a pas­sion, Clare’s most im­por­tant role was hus­band to his wife, Glo­ria, a true life part­ner. Among his many ac­com­plish­ments, he was proud­est of his fam­ily. He leaves be­hind Glo­ria; his son, Richard Scott and wife hath­leen; daugh­ter Su­san Carol and hus­band Nigel; four grand­chil­dren, Chris­tine and hus­band John, Michael, El­iz­a­beth, and An­drew; and one great grand­son, Bennett.

The funeral ser­vice will be at 10 a.m. Oct. 20, at the Colts Neck Re­formed Church, 72 County Road 537, Colts Neck, NJ 07722. Friends and fam­ily will be re­ceived from 9-10 a.m. and af­ter the ser­vice.

In mem­ory of this re­markDEOH PDn, DnG in OiHu RI flRw­ers, con­tri­bu­tions can be made to the Colts Neck Re­formed Church at the above ad­dress.

Funeral ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of Clay­ton C McGirr Funeral Home, 100 El­ton-Adelphia Road, Free­hold Town­ship.

For direc­tions, in­for­ma­tion or con­do­lence mes­sages to the fam­ily, please visit www. clay­ton­fu­ner­al­

Clarence Gould Thorn­ton

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