Dr. Donald Robert Rhodes, 90, Raleigh, passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2014. Dr. Rhodes was born December 31, 1923, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Donald E. Rhodes and Edna Fulmer Rhodes. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Ohio State University. He did research at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory in New York and at Radiation Incorporated in Florida before accepting the position of University Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at North Carolina State University in 1966. He retired from NCSU in 1994.
In 1980, after completing and publishing his mathematical researches on electromagnetic theory, antennas, monopulse radar, and spheroidal function theory, he began a long series of investigations on the mathematical foundations of ancient music theory from Greek antiquity through the Latin Middle Ages. The results of those musicological researches, all of which were newly derived from empirical evidence obtained from his own translations of the ancient Greek and Latin writings into modern English, were being prepared for publication in a trilogy entitled “Scale Systems of Western Music.”
He is survived by a son, Roger C. Rhodes of Barnesville, MD, three daughters, Joy Bridges of Kernersville, NC, Jane Rhodes of MD, and Diane Herran of Charlotte, NC, six grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and a sister, Rosemary Springer of Mesa, AZ.
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