Dr. James P. Phelps 1924-2021

Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Dr. James P. Phelps 1924-2021

Dr. James P. Phelps, 97, passed away on Oct. 25, 2021, at Pioneer Care and Rehab Center in Dillon, Montana.

He was born in Wakefield, Massachusetts, on Feb. 13, 1924, to Edward and Ethel Phelps. Upon his father’s death he moved to Mt. Vernon in 1932 with his mother and two brothers.

He was a graduate of Belgrade High School. He was in the Army in 1943 to 1945 and fought in the Battle of Normandy in France in World War II. He spent nearly two years in the 103rd M.P. Battalion (General Patton’s Third Army). He served in England, France, and Germany. He earned The Bronze Star, Victory Ribbon, American Theater Ribbon, and The Meritorious Service Emblem, with five battle stars.

In 1947 to 1951, he received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine. In 1951 and 1952 he worked for Ansco in Binghamton, New York. In 1952 to 1956 he earned a doctorate in Physical Chemistry from Michigan State. From 1956 to 1970 he was employed with Brookhaven National Laboratories in Long Island, New York. There, he worked in Nuclear Physics and was the professor in charge of the reactor.

In 1970 to 1994, he was the professor in charge of Neutron Physics radiation and nuclear engineering at Lowell Technical Institute in Lowell, Massachusetts. In 1994, he retired and moved to Sheridan, Montana.

He was predeceased by his mother, father, and brother Robert.

He is survived by his brother, John, and John’s wife, Joyce; and several nieces and nephews.

At his request, there will be no funeral services.

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