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Douglas Cochran Grimes

June 16, 1948 — January 22, 2024


Douglas Cochran Grimes

Doug Grimes was born in Oxnard, California, on June 16, 1948. His parents, Lee and Mary Grimes, were unusually educated and cultured for Oxnard. The extended Grimes family owned and managed the local newspaper, the Oxnard Press-Courier.

Doug grew up with an older brother and a younger sister. He attended Thacher School in Ojai, which nurtured his interest in horses, camping, nature, and foreign cultures. He proceeded to Yale University, where he became enchanted with Transcendental Meditation (TM). He graduated with a major in economics in 1970.

After Yale he became a TM teacher, and spent several years teaching it, first in California, then in five countries in Latin America. He relocated to Southern California, became a real estate broker, and joined a real estate firm where he sold and managed real estate investments, first in San Diego, then in Tucson, Arizona. He was married for ten years.

In Tucson he earned an MS in Management Information Systems at the University of Arizona, which led to a career in software consulting in Colorado, Iowa, and Connecticut. He eventually returned to San Diego, where he worked as an elder care volunteer before enrolling in a Ph. D program in Computer and Information Sciences at U.C. Irvine. His dissertation, guided by Dr. Mark Warschauer of the UCI Department of Education, investigated the use of Artificial Intelligence as an aid to writing instruction for middle school students.

After receiving his Ph.D in 2008 he served his elderly parents in Connecticut in their final years, then returned to work in real estate in San Diego. After retirement in 2021 he discovered a deep spiritual connection with Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, and the new understandings they brought to ancient spiritual teachings.

Doug is survived by an elder brother, Robert, and a younger sister, Diana.

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