Obituary for Paul W. Broome Jr.
DR. PAUL W. BROOME, JR.
Dr. Paul W. Broome, a longtime resident of Boulder and Winter Park, Colorado; Luray, Virginia; and Honolulu, Hawaii, passed away of cancer on January 11, 2018 at his home in Hawaii. He was born January 17, 1932 in Oakdale, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Paul W. Broome and Mona I. Lynch.
Dr. Broome, a graduate of West Allegheny High School in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, received an honorable mention in the Westinghouse Science Talent Search in 1950 in which over 13,000 top students throughout the world competed and only 260 received awards. This award provided the opportunity for college, and with this in hand and help from the school principal, Dr. Miklaussen, he received a scholarship to Carnegie Mellon University (then Carnegie Tech). He attended Carnegie Mellon University and received his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering.
Founder of ENSCO Inc., a research and development company headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, Dr. Broome had a career spanning disciplines as diverse as exploration for natural resources, missile development, and development of scientific tools to aid in enforcing treaties relating to weapons of mass destruction with the goal of encouraging countries into compliance. He was the author or co-author of several technical, engineering, mathematical, and scientific papers.
Dr. Broome has been an amateur radio operator, W3OUY, since just after WWII. He was a member and is now a supporter of Sigma Nu (a national college fraternity). He has been a member of the Lions Club in Winter Park, a longtime member of the Ski Meisters (a group of skiers over 55 years old) at Winter Park, and the Colorado Mountain Club. In addition, he was a member of Tau Beta Pi (a scientific honorary society), Eta Kappa Nu (the engineering honor society of IEEE), and Sigma XI. He is listed in several ‘Who’s Who’ including ‘Who’s Who in America’, ‘Who’s Who in Finance and Industry’, and ‘Who’s Who in Science and Engineering’ as well as in ‘American Men and Women of Science’ and ‘Leaders in American Science’.
Dr. Broome was an avid outdoorsman, traveler, hiker, biker, skier, and camper, spending much time skiing in Colorado and backpacking with his wife and children in their favorite places in Hawaii including the Na Pali coast of Kauai, Hawaii volcanos, and the Haleakala crater on Maui. He also enjoyed many hiking and biking trips in Europe with the Colorado Mountain Club. He and his wife (and occasionally their children) traveled extensively in Europe, India, and China as well as took trips to Antarctica, the South Seas, and both Sahara and sub-Sahara Africa.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Joan B. Broome; four children, Ronald W. Broome, Virginia K. Austria, Paul W. Broome III, Barbara G. Fitzpatrick; and 11 grandchildren. Dr. Broome was 85 years old. We will miss our loving husband, father, and grandfather.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Habitat for Humanity. Arrangements are entrusted to Thomas-Little Funeral Service Inc. 5000 Noblestown Rd. Oakdale Pa, 15071.