Dr. Douglas Humphrey was born on September 2, 1938. He is a Kentucky native; he attended Livermore High School before graduating from Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1959, and then Ohio University in 1965. Upon obtaining his Ph.D., Dr. Humphrey began a long career at WKU as a professor in the Physics Department, a position he held until June 2005. Dr. Humphrey continued working at WKU before finally retiring in 2013.
Dr. Humphrey also leads a prolific life outside of academia, as a strong community member and father. He is a volunteer in the Society of LifeLong Learning, and is also a member of the Cherry Society, President’s Circle, and Cupola Society. He was married to WKU alumna and retired WKU Mathematics instructor Mrs. Mary Barr Humphrey until her passing in 2008. They had three sons: Mr. Glenn Douglas, Mr. Thomas Ray, and Mr. Stephen Craig Humphrey. He married Ann Rudolph in May 2015, and the two reside in Bowling Green.
To honor Dr. Humphrey’s outstanding contributions to the Physics Department, the WKU Society of Physics Students established the Doug Humphrey Award Fund for Outstanding Service in Physics and Astronomy in April of 2005. Through Dr. Humphrey’s continual support of both WKU and his community, in addition to this fund in his honor, his legacy and contribution to the field of Physics will be honored in perpetuity.