DERWOOD, Md. -- Floyd Lee Galpin, 62, Derwood, Md., died of cancer Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999, at his home.
He was born in Iowa City, Iowa, and grew up in Brainerd. He graduated from Brainerd High School in 1954, and attended the University of Oklahoma where he received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering in 1958 and a master's degree in civil engineering in 1960. In 1958, he served as a chemical corps officer in the Army. He worked for the Oklahoma State Department of Health and joined the U.S. Public Health Service in 1963. In 1966, he was assigned as a staff officer to the National Center for Radiological Health, in what was then the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. In 1970, he became a charter employee of the U.S. EPA in the Office of Radiation Programs. From 1973 until his retirement from the PHS in 1993, he worked at EPA as a senior environmental engineer and manager. From 1993-1998, he managed the Washington, D.C., office of the consulting firm Rodgers and Associates Engineering Corp. of Salt Lake City, Utah. In the 1980s, he directed EPA's national program for radiation monitoring and assessment. He and his staff developed and finalized the national environmental standards for the management and disposal of both low-level and high-level radioactive wastes. He also issued the first national reports on the "Radioactive State of the Environment." He contributed to environmental legislation such as the Low-Level Waste Policy Act, the Energy Policy Act, the Uranium Mill Tailing Waste Disposal Act and the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Act. He was past director of the Baltimore-Washington Chapter of the Health Physics Society and a member of the American Nuclear Society, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists and the Commissioned Officers Association of the Public Health Service. As an officer in the PHS, he received the Outstanding Service Medal, the Commendation Medal and the Unit Commendation.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia T. Galpin, Derwood, Md.; two daughters, Mona Galpin, Rockville, Md., and Brenda L. Fookes, Silver Spring, Md..; a stepdaughter, Pam Rubin, Poolesville, Md.; a stepson, Daniel Herbert, New Market, Md.; a grandson; and his former wife, Darrel Galpin, Rockville, Md.
A son, Steven J. Galpin, died in 1989.
Services were held Wednesday, Dec. 15, 1999, at Arlington National Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Montgomery Hospice, 1450 Research Blvd., Ste. 310, Rockville, MD 20850, or to the charity of your choice.
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