Donald Raymond Jamieson

Donald Raymond Jamieson, 89, passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2020.   He was born on October 20th, 1931 in Chicago, IL.  He earned a B.S. and M.S. degree in chemistry from Southern Illinois University, and performed doctoral work at the University of Michigan.  He was also a veteran of the Korean War, where he served in the army as an MP.  Don worked in the petrochemical and aerospace industries, and holds several patents.  He retired from Allied-Signal in 1992.  He had many interests and hobbies, including electronics, astronomy, music, ice skating, golf, Scottish culture and heritage, travel, poetry, and coaching (baseball and football).   He was a past member of the American Chemical Society, the Kansas City Astronomy Club, and the Kansas City St. Andrews Society, and he also served as a library volunteer at the Johnson County Library.  He was a current member of the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 181.  He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Joan, two children, daughter Elizabeth (David) Zlotky, son Eric (Susan) Jamieson, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 



A private service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2021. A live stream of the service is available by this LINK. The link will become active 15 minutes before the 11:00 service. 


Memorial Contributions

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association-Heart of America Chapter 3846 W. 75th St. #4126, Prairie Village, KS, 66208




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27 Comments on “Donald Raymond Jamieson”

  1. janice Biggs Says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Don’s passing.
    I personally have many fond memories of Don – I enjoyed bowling in Bendix tournaments with Don and Joan – (Don and I were always trying to beat each other!)

    Pete always told me that Don was one of the smartest guys he knew!

    You are all in our prayers.

    Janice and Pete Biggs

  2. Clayton Bailey Says:

    Joan, and Family so sorry for you lose.

  3. Janet Boryk Says:

    I will miss Uncle Don. He taught me to fish and swim, and he regularly played with me as a child.. He and Joan are part of my earliest happy memories. My deepest condolences to the Kansas family.

  4. Bob Smith Says:

    Don called his friends “Ol’ Bean”. He was called “Bear” I don’t know why, must be something about his golfing hobby. He was a great pitch partner, a pal to be with for a bar-b-que lunch every month or so. He was fun friend to party with when the Forest Park neighborhood got together. Don would set up his astronomical telescope in his driveway and show us stuff we did not know existed. He was an avid reader of the poet Robert Burns. And often he would recite long humorous poems. I was honored that he invited me to a Robert Burns Society meeting. What a unique experience that was to enjoy classic poetry and truly fine scotch. Don’s passing has saddened us. He was a good guy. Our condolences go out to Joan and the family.

  5. Larry Cicero Says:

    Eric, so sorry for your families loss. Rest in peace Don. Condolences to the Jamieson family. Worked with Don briefly at Honeywell (Allied-Signal etc.)

  6. Reggie and Lisa Kelch Says:

    Our deepest condolences to your family. Reggie and Lisa Kelch

  7. Georgia Blacketer Says:

    Joan, Beth & Eric

    We are sorry to hear of Don’s passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    The Renner Family

  8. David Spieker Says:

    Eric and family, my sincere condolences. I met Don in 1981 at Bendix. Don was many things; a phenomenal storyteller, a great listener, an exceptional chemist, a keen observer, a fine teacher, and a skillful mentor. He loved to laugh, and loved life. Don always found time to listen. He invented a material that made a huge contribution to our nation’s defense, and which still protects us today. Don was a truly fine person, and I’ll miss him.

  9. Gary Becka Says:

    Eric and Family, I sorry to hear of Don’s passing. Don was always helpful and friendly when I ask for his assistance on problems. He always was approachably and easy to speak with on projects for ordinary daily items. He will be missed.

  10. Maxine Pennington Says:

    Eric and family,
    Sorry to hear of your loss. Working with Don was always a learning experience for me and the other chemists. He was a great problem-solver. Today I’m reminded of his generosity when he helped my girl scout troop earn their Astronomy badge! He helped the girls understand and appreciate the night sky.He’s shing down on us now. Rememberhis great times. Sincerely, Maxine

  11. Mark D. Smith Says:

    My condolences to Don’s family. You know better than any what a great guy he was. As a new engineer in 1977, I was fortunate to work around Don at Bendix/Allied-Signal until his retirement. What a smart, funny guy. Don was one of those guys that you wanted to be around just to hear the stories and maybe pickup some of his genius. He is one that actually built some of the technical aspects of our national defense. I’ll remember him when he was at the top of his game, a great guy, a super chemist and fun to be around.

  12. John Davidson Says:

    Donna so sorry for the loss of your father our prayers and deepest sympathy for you and your family .

  13. Thomas Harper Says:

    Joan, Beth and Eric

    I first met Don in 1983 at Bendix. My first impression of him was he did not seem like the typical Chemists I knew. He was extremely easy-going, friendly, always joking or telling a story. The more I knew him, I realized my first impression was spot on. He was unlike any other Chemist I ever worked with. He was an outstanding chemist, but, more importantly, Don was a caring and thoughtful person

    He taught me to be humble. We did get to play a round of golf as partners in the Bendix tournament, and I think he would have been good at teaching players.

    I remember when Eric came to work at Bendix, I saw a lot of Don in Eric. He was proud of his son.

    Rest in Peace Don.

  14. Tricia Wilson Says:

    I worked with Don for a short time in the Materials group (and also implemented some of the chemistries he developed). I always enjoyed listening and learning from him, especially as he sprinkled some fritszenheimers(?) into discussions. He surely left a legacy with his expertise and joyful disposition. Rest in peace Don and condolences to the family.

  15. Jo Ann Boyd Says:

    Dear Joan,
    I am so sorry for your loss. The last few years have been difficult for you but you personify what for “better or worse” mean. I’m glad that I got to know you during these last few difficult years. I think Kenny and Don enjoyed each other’s company at their shared table at Brookdale. Your are in my thoughts and prayers and please take care of yourself and give my condolences to your son and daughter.
    Jo Ann Boyd

  16. Pete Biggs Says:

    To Don’s family, I am sorry to hear of Don’s passing. I will always remember the many years working with Don. On one project, when conversations got difficult Don would go to the whiteboard and draw organic chemistry formulas to explain the issues. I delighted in calm it brought to a room. Always enjoyed time on the golf course with him. We won a few league championships because of his skills. Don was always calm and thoughtful with a great sense of humor. Conversation with him was always a gift.
    Joan, Eric and Beth your are in my thoughts

  17. Billy Parker Says:

    Don called by his friends “Ol’ Bean”. He was called “Bear” I don’t know why, must be something about his golfing hobby. I knew him from when I started in 1974 as a Chemist. Our condolences go out to Joan, Eric and the family.

  18. Mark Wilson Says:

    Eric and family, I have many fond memories of Don and I am so sorry for your loss. I met Don in 1979 when I first started at Bendix and I second everything said above about him. He was recognized at work as an outstanding chemist but we only rarely got to work together; however, I ate lunch with him almost every day for several years and he asked me to be on his golf team in the Bendix golf league. Don was a good golfer and I was fortunate to play countless golf games with him both before and after his retirement. Lunches and golf together allowed me to fully experience his joke telling skills, his gift for storytelling, his likes and dislikes, and to be exposed to his good natured personality and his quick and joyful laugh. I don’t think I ever saw him get angry or frustrated. If he mishit a ball that lost distance, or worse, he would frequently just invoke Hank Stram and always say; “Just keep matriculating that ball down the field”. He was very proud of you and your accomplishments Eric when conversations turned to you. I remember how appreciative he was that you were thinking of him enough to call from the top of a mountain somewhere (CO?) early in the cell phone age. Your Dad was amazed at these new fritzenheimers and said another phrase I frequently heard to express his wonder or gratitude of learning or experiencing something new: “What a time, what a time…”.

  19. Dan Stoltz Says:

    To Don’s family, I met him in Materials Engineering when I joined the Kansas City Plant in 1972. He was a friendly and caring person as well as one of the elite chemists at KCP and within the DOE Complex. His advancements enabled new products to be developed and produced. When urgent schedules had to be met and problems quickly solved, Don had the ability to calm the situation and lead the brainstorming to develop solutions. He was recognized by his customers and National Laboratory peers for his outstanding technical achievements and contributions to National Defense. He will be missed, but remembered !

  20. Pat & Phil Lentz Says:

    Don and Joan made us feel so welcomed when we moved into Highland Village, August 2009. When Phil would be on our patio grilling or working on a project, Don would step out onto the deck to chat with Phil. Always had a story to tell or a little antidote and a great sense of humor. He will be missed, but we have good memories. Bless him.

  21. Bob Ross Says:

    Joan sorry to hear about Don’s passing. He and Joan were part of our Robert Burns meetings for many years and a member of the McGeezer group that met every Thursday morning for Coffee and discussions to set the world to right.
    Sadly missed Irene and Bob

  22. Nancy & Bill Hofmann Says:

    Dear Aunt Joan, Beth and Eric
    We are sorry for the loss of Uncle Don. Your folks were great baby sitters, even before they married. Our trips to Pine Lake were so much fun because we learned how to fish and get sodas in Crandon. Somehow, my dad and Don would go “buy the paper” while we had ice cream. I didn’t care where they went as long as I got ice cream. The most fun were the hootnannies Uncle Don organized with his ukulele. Aunt Joan led the songs. The mom’s on the fish fries were delicious. All the memories of those day’s has been a helpful lift in several of life’s challenges. Thank you Jamieson family for your love and memories you created.

  23. Tyler Hofmann Says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of my Great Uncle Don. I wish I knew him better but I have very fond memories of visiting Kansas as kids and Uncle Don was trying to teach us how to throw darts at a dartboard. I don’t know that it took but he sure did try. Condolences to the Jamieson family.

  24. Eric Much Says:

    Joan, Beth, Eric, and your families,

    I’m so sorry the feelings of loss as you grieve the passing of Don. He was a wonderful man, and I have a number of fond memories. The first time I went on a plane was to visit and stay with Don and Joan when I was around 10 or 11. He was always so willing to engage and explain to a curious young kid while I was there, and I appreciated it greatly. I especially remember he and Joan being willing to indulge me in staying at a Royals game for all the way to the end of a 12 inning game, because I wasn’t going to want to leave until it was over – despite it being a game that wasn’t important at all, because I was just crazy about baseball. I now have had to care for a number of people with dementia first hand, and I know how difficult it can be to experience the gradual loss of what you think of their persona over time, so I’m glad to hear all the fond remembrances you were able to hare. I’m happy that we could share this time and all can keep him in fond remembrance going forward.

  25. Georgia Schaper Says:

    Just finished watching and listening to Don’s memorial service and the tributes given by Eric and Beth were WONDERFUL. Joan, undoubtfully, is very proud!

  26. Paul Much Says:

    I rememeber Don as such a kind and loving man. He always made me smile when were together. Even as a young child he would talk to you, even about complex things (Science) and leave you feeling sarter then before.
    Both Nicole and I understand the lose of a father. Its hard at any age; know our thoughts and hearts are with you all today.

  27. Brian A. Ruf Says:

    My sincerest condolences to Eric, Beth and the entire Jamieson family. The service (as well as these condolences) provide a wonderful glimpse of Don’s accomplished life. Among those accomplishments is surely his magnificent family which I admire and it is clear from Eric and Beth that Don has also successfully handed down many of his diverse Renaissance talents and passions including science, music, astronomy, and including the art storytelling.

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