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Colonel Ivan C. Atkinson Passes

From: Giuliano Marinkovic <giuliano.marinkovic.nul>
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2011 23:03:10 +0200
Archived: Thu, 08 Sep 2011 06:43:19 -0400
Subject: Colonel Ivan C. Atkinson Passes


Condon report Preface:


On 31 August 1966, Colonel Ivan C. Atkinson, Deputy Executive
Director of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research,
addressed a letter to the University of Colorado. In it he
outlined the belief of AFOSR that a scientific investigation of
unidentified flying objects conducted wholly outside the
jurisdiction of the Air Force would be of unusual significance
from the standpoint of both scientific interest in and public
concern with the subject. Colonel Atkinson requested "that the
University of Colorado participate in this investigation as the
grantee institution." The University was asked to undertake this
scientific study with the unconditional guarantee that "the
scientists involved will have complete freedom to design and
develop techniques for the investigation of the varied physical
and psychological questions raised in conjunction with this
phenomenon according to their best scientific judgment."


Washington Post Obituary:


Ivan C. Atkinson, 94, a retired colonel who served in the Air
Force for three decades, died Aug. 4 at the Fairfax nursing home
at Fort Belvoir.

The former North Arlington resident had a blood disease, his
daughter Ruth E. Soulier said.

Col. Atkinson retired in 1971 as a lead researcher on nuclear
weapons technology at the Air Force Systems Command at Andrews
Air Force Base. He had worked previously at Wright-Patterson Air
Force Base in Ohio, where he studied thermal radiation and
directed research on propulsion systems for nuclear missiles.

His other assignments included Air Force investigations of UFO

Ivan Charles Atkinson was born in Youngstown, Ohio. He worked at
steel and chemical plants there and in Pittsburgh before joining
the Army Air Forces in 1942. During World War II, he was a
fighter pilot headquartered in the Panama Canal Zone.

Col. Atkinson was a 1938 graduate of Case Western Reserve
University in Cleveland, where he studied chemical engineering.
He received a master's degree in nuclear engineering from North
Carolina State University in 1953.

His decorations included two awards of the Legion of Merit, the
Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Outstanding Unit

He was a member of numerous professional organizations,
including North Carolina State University's chapter of the Phi
Kappa Phi honor society.

Col. Atkinson married the former Ruth V. Henry in 1939. They
divorced four years later and were remarried in 1945. She died
in 1973.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, the former Phyllis Mason
of Fort Belvoir; a daughter with his first wife, Ruth E. Soulier
of Arlington County; three stepsons, Gary R. Mason of Newburg,
David V. Mason of Alexandria and Robert K. Mason of Harrisburg,
Pa.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four
great-great grandchildren.

- Emily Langer


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