In Memoriam
Russell C. Coile
March 17, 1917 — June 4, 2011
DisasterMan: A Biographical Memoir

DisasterMan: A Biographical Memoir

Ninety-two years in the making!
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DISASTERMAN’S BIOGRAPHICAL MEMOIR by RUSSELL C. COILE (Certified Emergency Manager) is a detailed account of Dr. Russell Coile’s life progressing through stages of scientific geophysical research interrupted by active duty in the US Army Signal Corps and Army Air Corps during World War II, consulting work in engineering designing radio broadcast stations, operations research for the US Navy and US Marine Corps, working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency on disaster management on natural disasters including earthquakes and floods in California, and working as a disaster consultant for the US State Department on Vice President Gore’s Global Disaster Information Network program in Mexico, Turkey, Iceland, and England. Dr. Coile has published a number of disaster management papers and was invited by the Chinese Academy of Science to come to Beijing to give a seminar on earthquake preparedness.

Russell C. Coile, Ph.D’s life story parallels the development of disaster management as a profession, after forty years of pioneering work in electrical engineering, operations research, and information science. He is a Certified Emergency Manager who has lived and worked on five continents.

About the Author

RUSSELL C. COILE (CEM) is a Certified Emergency Manager and is a Disaster Consultant listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering. Dr. Russell C. Coile received S.B., S.M., and E.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., and a Ph.D in Information Science from The City University, London, England. Colonel Russell C. Coile, USAF (Retired) is a graduate of the Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama, and a graduate of the USN Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.

Russell C. Coile now lives in Pacific Grove, California with Ellen his wife. They have three children: Jennifer Coile is a city planner consultant; Jonathan Coile is President and CEO of Champion Realty, Annapolis Maryland; and Andrew Coile is studying for a Ph.D in Computer Science at the University Of California - Santa Cruz.

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P.G. Emergency Manager *

Dr. Russell C. Coile, PhD, is a Certified Emergency Manager in the field of Disaster Preparedness and Management. He gives talks frequently at international disaster management conferences, and is available for advice on setting up an entire disaster management program. He has worked for the American Red Cross, and for ten years for the City of Pacific Grove, California where he won three citations from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for "exemplary performance."


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* Please Note: Dr. Coile is no longer with the City of Pacific Grove. This badge was given to him as a retirement honorarium after 10 years and 10 months of service to the City as its Disaster Planning Coordinator.