A Profile of Daniel Armentrout
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People of Bibb County took great care in learning who this child was, raising funds to ensure he received a proper burial and memorialization.
Early Life and Education
Daniel Amentrout was raised on a farm near Jonesborough, Tennessee and dreamed of becoming a doctor ever since he could remember. To fulfill that ambition he studied medicine at East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine before earning both bachelor and medical degrees there.
While at university, he collaborated with Professor Rob Dunbar on photodissociation spectroscopy of molecular ions – leading him into the study of ion-molecule chemistry. Furthermore, while studying with Professor Jack Beauchamp at Caltech he gained interest in hyperthermal reactivity of transition metal ions.
He serves on the editorial boards of several journals, such as Journal of the American Chemical Society and International Journal of Mass Spectrometry and Ion Processes. Furthermore, he is a fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dan Armentrout has held positions in law and teaching during his career. Additionally, he served as high school football coach – coaching running backs and tight ends over an extended period.
His reputation at UAH as one of the finest instructors is well-earned, and students often describe him as fun and engaging. He teaches various engineering courses such as thermodynamics and kinematics. Furthermore, his homework assignments serve to reinforce concepts taught in class.
Case participants involved with the 1961 John Doe believe they may finally be able to identify his remains. Bibb County officials recently received a letter from David Armantrout’s other son indicating his intent to provide DNA samples for identification.
Achievement and Honors
The community of Bibb County, where Armentrout resided, was deeply moved by his story. They raised funds to bury him with dignity, purchased a grave marker and laid flowers on his grave; and eventually adopted him as their own.
He served the Forest Service as a forest supervisor in Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National forests as well as serving as district ranger in Medicine Bow-Routt and Thunder Basin National Grasslands.
He was honored with both a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Newly Appointed Professorship (1981) and Faculty & Staff Honors Scholarship (1989), induction into Marquis Who’s Who as well as membership into American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Technical Society of Knoxville (TSK), along with several articles published in peer-reviewed journals.
Daniel Armentrout is married to his high school sweetheart and they share one daughter together. Both are members of their local church, enjoy golfing and church league softball as hobbies, while Daniel also loves cooking and reading extensively.
He taught various undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Denver. His research concentrated on failure mechanisms of composite materials. From 1990-1996 he served at Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site.
He was laid to rest in Centreville Memorial Cemetery with money raised by Bibb County residents. No decision has been made as to whether the original grave stone will remain unchanged, or a new headstone with his name will be put up, but according to Coroner CW West they plan on reaching out to his brother as soon as possible.
As of 2018, Daniel Armentrout boasts a net worth estimated to be $5 Million. His wealth was earned through various businesses and private equity investments, serving on various boards of various companies and investing personally in them. When not working or serving on boards, Daniel enjoys spending quality time with family and friends; traveling; playing golf and hosting dinner parties at his house; charitable work via Rotary Club membership as well as membership of YMCA membership; among other pursuits.