Gloucester – Arthur Austin Dorr, 92, a highly decorated and proud Korean War Veteran, of Gloucester, formerly of Medford, NJ, passed away surrounded by his family on Tuesday morning, September 22, 2020 at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester. Born in New London, CT, he was the son of the late Harvey and Anna (Silva) Dorr.
Mr. Dorr grew up in New London, CT until he was eligible to in enlisted in the United States Army in 1946 and was sent to Japan. He did attempt to enlist in the Marines at the age of 15. Austin was recalled to duty in 1950 and was assigned as an infantryman to K Company, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. At the time of his arrival in Korean he held the rank of Corporal, but during his service with his company he refused two battlefield commissions. He rose to the rank of First Sergeant by the time of his return to the United States at age 24. For his military service he was awarded two Bronze Stars, a Silver Star and a Purple Heart.
Austin married Barbara J. Cranker in 1953 and founded the Eastern Testing & Inspection, Inc. in NJ. He was directly involved with Quality Control/Quality Assurance and Nondestructive Testing programs. He also oversaw the testing program for the General Dynamics Electric Boat Division and the prime contractor for atomic submarine construction. Austin completed training courses at Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies and was a consultant for many government and private programs. He also helped develop numerous Quality Assurance Manuals for the private sector. Mr. Dorr also enjoyed being a guest speaker to both Government and Commercial groups.
Austin adored the ocean and was a well-known bluefin tuna fisherman for almost forty years in Gloucester. At the age of 79 years old he built his own 24-foot lobster boat called the “Dog Star”. He was truly proud of his accomplishment and all the support he was given by his friends and neighbors to complete it.
Mr. Dorr was an accomplished outdoorsman, who holds the world’s record for trap shooting since 1966. He was inducted into the NJ State Trapshooting Hall of Fame in 2009. He also enjoyed spending time at his camp in Maine, snowmobiling, hunting, and charting the flight patterns of birds during the migration season. Austin made friends wherever he went and enjoyed sharing all his stories. He was a guest speaker on Veteran and Memorial Day in Gloucester and was an active member of the Veterans Friday Morning Networking Group. He also looked forward to being the coin flipper for the Annual Army vs. Navy flag football games and enjoyed riding in the revamped police Humvee during the Horrible Parade in 2013. Austin will be deeply be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Surviving him is his daughter, Kathleen A. Gerber of Medford, NJ; his niece, Karen Skelley of Colchester, CT; many dear friends including, Joe Arsenault, John McCarthy, Bill “Hollywood” Muniz, Spice Montgomery, Jack Alexander; Steve Corbett; Leif Bakland, John Rosenthol and Dana Kangas all of Gloucester and his adopted grandson, Ryan Sears of Gloucester. He was also predeceased by his sister, Ginny Daniels and his former wife, Barbara J. (Cranker) Dorr.
A Celebration of his Life will be celebrated by friends and family next spring out at sea. In lieu of flowers, donations in Austin’s name may be made to the City Hall of Gloucester, Attn: Cape Ann Office of Veterans’ Services, 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home, Gloucester. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com

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