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w, Spring 1989

A Message from the Chairman
The Department has experienced a number General Chemistry, Inorganic, Organic, and in extramural grants. We are pleased that
of changes in the course of the last year. We Biochemistry. Professors Butterfield and Pat- several of our newest faculty, Assistant Pro-
have invested considerable effort in revising terson have volunteered to help launch these fessors Leonidas Bachas and John Richard,
the General Chemistry program and with the new courses. Since a number of students in have received extramural NIH awards. We
able assistance of Professor Robert Kiser, the our undergraduate program will only take one are also pleased to welcome Assistant Professor
current Director of General Chemistry, we year of college chemistry, we feel it is ap- J. David Robertson to our faculty.
devised a two-track system. We will continue propriate to introduce them to several facets We very much want to thank the large
[0 Offer the traditional one-year COUFSC 36- of the discipline which hopefully will enable number of alumni who contributed to our En—
quencc (CHE 105-107-115) taken by Chem~ them to read the popular press with a more dowment Drive and we look forward to see—
istry majors, engineering students and pre- critical eye. ing any of you whenever you are in the Lex-
professional school students and we have also We have also seen a continued growth in ington area.
developed a one-year course sequence (CHE the Department’s research effort and we now David S, Watt, Chairman
104-106) which covers selected topics in rank first in the College of Arts and Sciences
Department Receives a Major Bequest
from Col. A. Sidney Behrman

Col. A. Sidney Behrman, who died April “(v Germany to make a survey of public utilities
30, 1988, after a prolonged illness has willed fl. X‘s, in the OCCUpied area and later in northern
his estate, ultimately amounting to over ,/ ‘ France. After his discharge from the Army in
$1,000,000, to the Department of Chemistry / 1919 he started his productive career in the
in memory of Professor Franklin E, Tuttle, g: 3 chemistry of water treatment with Interna—
who was head ofthe Department of Chemistry 5%, ”4%,, W7?“ ‘3 tional Filter Company (Chicago).
while Col. Behrman was attending the univer- g; , 11 if," f . if He was “called [0 flCtiVC CIULY in World
. . . E» (W ., We 3* ‘ - ~~
s1ty. Col. Behrman was born in Cov1ngton, cf 3“ ._ _ a; War II and after two years in classrhed
KY, December 15, 1892 and received a B.S. , 1'3 assignments in Hawaii, Washington, DC, and
in Industrial Chemistry in 1914. While at the ’11 3Z1 ”may! 2 elsewhere, he returned to Chicago to become
university he also took a prominent part in 1 1‘1“ Vice President, Director of Research of
musical activities: a member of the Glee and ' MMWWMBX ‘ Velsicol Corporation, manufacturer of
Mandolin Clubs and piano accompanist to petroleum chemicals. Later he resigned and
both and sang in church choirs. After gradua- 6,3,1 1 entered the consulting field. He was granted
tion he taught science at Sue Bennett 1, 1 “mfg/gig?" 56 U- 3' patents mainly in the area 011 water
Memorial School in London, KY for one year 5,» '1” ,3 _ 3 1, treatment, the most important one issued
before going to the Philippine Islands, where 53 ’ 9 November 11, 1924 covering the preparation
he taught school and later made a comprehen- 1%; g of “gel zeolites”, which dominated the field
sive survey of Philippine water supplies which 1'th. ”,1 .1 of ion exchange products for household
was published in 1918. He enlisted in the f % ‘,. '5 softeners until 194-4. The “gel zeolites” later
Army in 1917 as Captain, Quartermaster W a €33 ’ 1i 1 ”W11 found major use in the petroleum industry for
Corps, and served in the Sanitary Corps in 1 “,3“ , ,3» 3 i1 ., catalytic cracking. His invention ofa new low-
France where he was responsible for providing g1 % , i? 2 density type of silica gel led to a microporous
safe water supplies to the troops on the French A ’ ‘ * ’ ‘1 separator for electric storage batteries.
front. After the Armistice he was assigned to C01. A.S. Behrman He was active in the ACS Division of

 Water, Sewage and Sanitation and in 1957 vith and delivered two outstanding seminars to hear thC Chicago Symphony perform
received the Distinguished Service Award of to our department — one at the age of 89 and Verdi’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Ninth
that Division. the last at the age of 92 — both delivered Symphony. He loved to travel, making fre—
He was promoted to the rank ofColonel in without a single written note, quent trips to Mexico and Spain where he
the U. S, Army, April 13, 19119, and at age On l\/1ay 10, 1985 he was inductetl into the practiced his Spanish. Annually he visited
60 retired on January 1, 1953. University ochntucky Hall ofDistinguished friends in California and Florida where he
Col. Behrinan was buried May 10, 1988 in Alumni. I was fortunate to be able to visit with owned propertyl
Arlington National Cemetery with full him on my frequent trips to Chicago and en! The Behrman funds hEIVB now been in—
military honors. joy his wit and good humor, He still main— VCSlCd in £1 University Endowment ACCOUHI
lev a personal note from the editor: 1 had tained an active research program in a private and will be used principally to support
the privilege of knowing Col. Behrman for laboratory and his mind was teeming with graduate students. In order to attract the best 9
several years during his active participation research ideas. Before his final illness he was possible students, we will utilize the interest
with the department. He was a generous con- engaged in writing a textbook slanted toward from this endowment IO enhance our finan-
tributor to our program becoming a Univer- industrial chemistry. He maintained an avid cial offers to incotning students. a
sity of Kentucky Fellow in 1980, He was in- interest in choral music and enjoyed our trips
Comments ttom the Editot
This issue of the newsletter covers events Chemistry Building, a new Faculty Club and tions may be sent through the Director of
and information for the 1988 calendar year. Nlining and Nlineral Resources Building have Development, William B. Sturgill Develop-
We are featuring a section on our alumni who recently been constructed. merit Building, University of Kentucky, Lex—
graduated 195064. lwould like to add my thanks for your con- ington, KY 410506. We had planned to list
The Fourteenth Annual Symposium on tributions which make possible many activities those who have contributed this year, but the
Chemistry and Molecular Biology, supported and support of students that is not available Development Office was unable to supply us
by the fund in memory of Anna S. Naff was from state appropriations. Please be sure to with an accurate list. Next year we hope to
held March 28, 1988. The topic was Struc- specify that any contributions you send are for do so.
ture and Function of Small RNA Viral our Endowment Fund, Development Fund,
Pathogens. Speakers were: Michael G. or other restricted funds in Chemistry. Dona- Bill Wagner, Editor
Rossmann, Hanley Distinguished Professor of . . ..... .. . , ,, . , .. ..
Biological Sciences, Purdue University; Mark i 7' I, " 1, . - , i ii .1
A. McKinlay, Director of the Department of ’3'" ii 1
Microbiology, Sterling-Winthrop Research , , , ii " : , , '1 :, 15.11:“ , 1
Institute; Roland R. Rueckert, WARF Pro- 1 _ .1 , , ’ , :3 .,. i: '
fessor of Molecular Virology, University of ' , :3“ , i , - '1 .1 " i 7 - 1 '
Wisconsin-Madison; Eckard Wimmer, Pro- , :7 1 ' " 1‘1 _ i i 1
fessor and Chairman, Department of Micro- ‘ , , “/1: i _ i i _. ' ‘ “ , 1
biology, State University of New York at ' i ’ Tf. l
The Department sponsored a Regional . " 1' " ‘ 1.: i _ » _ {1.1 , _ ‘
Undergraduate Poster Session on April 16, f " ,1 1' 1 A film" . i :11 _ i f :
1988.1im Holler reported that there were six— 1 _ _ a}: 1.1%“: i ,9 , , _ A ”1;; , 1 i (l
teen participants from seven regional schools. 1 i i l t 1 MTV“ 11:31,; : " ._\ ‘91:; ff: 1&1 ' (,1 -. : , 2, ‘3? 1
During 1988, the Department awarded L 5 , 1:1 . V": A“ 51,-" ’ 185%; 7 ,i - :1
fight B'A" eleven B.S., four M.S., and seven I988 Sympoi'z'um on Chemo”); and Nfolooular Biology
PhD. degrees. The Department has pub— Left to ri lit: M‘/ [G' R E l: l W' M kA . .
lished a brochure listing all of our faculty with g . 261616 . 055772517171, c on 1771771137, or . McKinley, M. Benton Nafir, Roland
a brief description of their research interests, R' Rum/cert
which is used for recruitment of graduate i
students. Ifyou would like a copy, please send ‘ ’
a request to the Department. ,
Thanks to those of you who respond to our ,~ .. _ , ,_, _, ., _ i _ _
request for news which I hope you enjoy in ’ i i i M‘\ ,1 ‘
our Alumni News Section. We urge you to i M“‘ *i \x, W“;
keep us informed about your activities on the N " ' " ‘ " _. _ , _ ' ‘ " ’ ,1
enclosed form and please let us know of any 8‘”: .. ' i i T M “l {‘1 i -_ 1
change of address. ,, 1111:1121”, , , , i A“ if _ H
The Department has a Guest Book in the i , rgyzfxyfimj ‘ “ ‘ i' ‘73:" ‘
main office. We urge all our alumni who Visit 15:? 1 ‘ _ 1‘1flgwiaééiwmis _ 11 1 S : 2, , _
us to sign. We look forward to a visit from 1:. .1 ' " w “ ” ' ‘ ”19*“111‘31 iii ’ .. i
you when you are in Lexington. You will find “wimp w i g1; 111* 7 J _ .
many changes in the central campus — a lot - Vi ’1 ,_,._._....‘J
01‘ new buildings. Across Rose Street from the Whining and Mineml Reromces Building — Rose Street and Clifton Avenue

 Special News from the 1950 54 Alumni

We are pleased to present the responses in Educational Administration at the Univer- My wife, Ruth, worked in the Soils Lab at
from the following alumni in answer to our sity of Maryland and then this job at Lock the Experiment Station before the baby was
request to bring us up-to—date on their ac- Haven terminated that effort. I also worked born. Weekes, I believe was in charge at the
tivities since graduation. about eight years, mostly part time, on a time. I saw Weekes many years later at a

1950 Ph.D. in soil chemistry at Penn State but I meeting and I went over to talk to him, but

, . suddenly realized that I had waited tOO long he was not at all interested in talking about

Harrison R‘ Cooper, 38' About the OIIIY in that my time was being restricted from the the Experiment Station at UK so the conver-
anecdote I can recall concerning my training things that I liked best. I was never a hOt ShOt sation stopped before it started. I believe that
at UK chemistry as related to experience as student, but I was and am a good chemist, Ockerman worked for Weekes after he

a a graduate was in my fiISI jOb With B' F‘ and I hope a good teacher. (Ockerman) got his degree. You will remem-
GOOdIICh where I was assigned to the quality My' wife worked as a Chemist for a small ber that Ockerman died tragically in a traffic
control laboratory in Akron. They used a chemical company here in Lock Haven for accident.
dropping mercury CICCIIOII€ as an analytical about ten years. I have run into Saul Gordon at meetings
instrument for zinc analysis to evaluate spec’s Our older daughter, Susan Kaufman a few times. He has done very well, his wife
on received shipments. The device was a bit Hafey, J- D. (who was born in Lexington) typed my thesis.
troublesome and I managed to fix it based on has a private practice at Manassas, VA. Our Gerald (Jerry) W. Recktenwald, M.S.,
having built one of them in a class at UK (“in- younger daughter, Amy Gretchen Schol, and Elizabeth (Libby) Link, B.S., married
strumental methods”). The lab SUPCIVISOI Ph.D., has a B.S. from the University Of in 1955. After graduation Libbyjoined Devoe
mentioned that UK graduates were the only Southern California, an MS. from Univer- Raynolds Paint Co. in research and patent
people that COUId figure out those things. sity of California, San Diego, and a dual preparationjerry obtained aPh.D. from In-

Since thatjob, I went on to a couple other Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Elec— diana University, Bloomington, IN. Jerry’s
big company pOStS, interspersed With graduate trical Engineering from Carnegie—Mellon. She career has been varied and fast paced, He
school bouts in chemical engineering, and works for Siemens AG Medical Systems in joined GE’s Major Appliance Laboratories in
then started my own business in 1970- 1 have Connecticut and MRI RC'D and has married Louisville from 1955-1965 where he developed
bccn specializing in on-stream composition a German engineer who also WOYkS f0r the urethane process for foaming refrigerators.
analyzers for industry. MOSt recently we have Siemens AG. Currently, they are in Erlangen, In 1965, the family moved near New Haven,
introduced the first-of—its-kind magnetic West Germany, which is corporate head- CT where he was manager of the Rigid
resonance analyzer jUSt beginning commer- quarters for Siemens AG. Urethane foam group for the Olin Corp. He
cial use in Florida phosphate. I participated I have very good memories at the Univer- and his group developed a unique foam
in a UK sponsored coal conference in APIII sity of Kentucky especially of Lyle Dawson product that was the basis ofanew plant near
1987* Where I discoursed on meIhOdS IOI on- who was, in my opinion, a master teaChCr and Allentown, PA. After working on the process
line quality measurements for coal. My wife a gentleman. I did get offa letter to him before and plant designs, he accepted the position as
came with me and we had a quite pleasurable he died. He honored me by answering that plant manager to build and start-up the new
time. letter. I remember Meadows, Cavagnol, and facility.

Zane G‘ Kaufman, M.S. The following Long who was pushed out, as I remember, The family moved to Allentown, PA in
letter to Bill Wagner was received: I because he refused to runaresearch program 1970. After the start—up was completed in
remember you quite WCII’ I believe that you or take on graduate students. I was the last 1972, the Recktenwalds decided to stay in
came to the University Of KCmUCkYIUSt prior one to work forJames Schreyer on potassium Allentown where Jerry joined Air Products
to my leaving in 1950‘ AbOUI five OI us IOOk ferrate. I think I understand that he left to and Chemicals, Inc. as manager of New Ven—
Insnumenta] under you’ work at Oak Ridge. I wondered ifthe William tures. The major activity was the invention

When I 16ft UK: I tOOk ajob as analytical A. Schreyer mentioned in your letter might and commercialization of Airopak, a process
research chemist with Calco Chemical of have been a brother to James Schreyer? Jim for the fluorination of plastic containers. As
American Cyanamid at Bound Brook NJ' It had a brother as I remember. Manager of Laboratory facilities he lead the
was 3 EOOd IOb: but I quickly became disen- I worked at the Experiment Station F61”- construction of a 110,000 sq. ft. laboratory
chanted with the severe pressure and left in tilizer Lab which was run then by a guy building and planned other expansions that
1953. At York, PA I was assistant metallurgist named Allen. He used to get mad as blazes are now underway.

9 With York—Shipley for a year and then IOOII at me because I could run so many fertilizers Since his retirement in 1986, Jerry con-
3 POSIIIOI‘ at Yorkjunior College (now York per day. He would constantly try, without SUC- tinues as a computer buff, is working to help
College Of Pennsylvania). In 1960 I was OP cess, to find an error in my work. For some establish an Industrial Museum in Easton, PA

. fered ajob at LOCk Haven State College (now weird reason, I ended up doing some research and is a volunteer tax counselor for the elderly.
Lock Haven University) where I first taught for a guy named Poundstone (perhaps Allen Since marriage, Libby has confined her
Principles of Chemistry and then Analytical had a hand in this) and 1 developed a method chemistry to the kitchen and garden. She iS
Chemistry and Instrumental Chemistry. I will for phosphorous using ammonium vanadate. a member of the Allentown Shade Tree Com-
retire on December 30’ 1988 It was a neat method and the Statistics On it mission and a District Director of the Penn-

OVCI the years while teaching, I have been were good. Wellnil I forget when, but this sylvania Garden Clubs.
a consulting chemist for a candy manufac- Allen in one ofthe Agjournals wrote that this Libby and Jerry have two daughters,
turcr, a small chemical company, and a SCIIOOI method that I developed was no good (he did Donna, a mechanical engineer with Bell Labs,
district. I have been a semi-professional not mention me by name). Unfortunately, I in Newjersey, and Pamela, an M.D. present-
photographer and semi-professional musician. could not find a copy of the work that 1 had h, in Omaha, NE. Libby and Jerry live at 314,
I play piano, organ, and string bass. done on the method, so I had to grit my teeth N. 28th Street, Allentown, PA 18104_

1 made a start toward an advanced degree and take it. Paul G. Sears, B.S. in Industrial

 Chemistry (1950), Ph.D. (1953). I had the for maintaining these regulations up—to-date, four years I was involved in various aspects
privilege of doing my graduate work in coordinating the processing of new degree pro- of research in the polymer field and continued
physical chemistry under the supervision of gram proposals, maintaining a current inven- to do some work for Dow for several years
Dr. Lyle R. Dawson, with whom I subse- tory of more than 300 degree programs, after leaving in the fall 1961.
quently collaborated in research for several handling Academic Common Market matters, September 1961 found me back in Ken-
years. I served at UK as instructor (1953-54) handling inquiries or requests from the Ken— tucky, joining Western Kentucky University
and assistant professor (1954-57) prior to tak— tucky Council on Higher Education academic (“State College” at that time) in Bowling
ing a position as research chemist with the In- affairs staff, and serving as advisor to UK ad- Green. My old home town and baccalaureate
organic Division of Monsanto Chemical Com- ministrators and faculty concerning regula- school had changed dramatically in the years
pany in St. Louis in july 1957. My ex— tions and academic affairs. I had been away (or I would have never
ploratory research at Monsanto dealing with On the personal side, in 1951 I married “come home”). For the next 25 years I taught 3
inorganic molten system reactions led to juanita Reed Crawford, aclassmate in some primarily organic chemistry and for 13 of
several patents. Though my research at Mon- chemistry courses and a 1950 UK graduate those years was Department Head. The
santo was progressing very well, I accepted with a major in medical technology. We have department grew from my being the fifth .
an opportunity to return to UK as associate a daughter, Elizabeth, and juanita has member to a faculty of 20 by the time I retired V
professor in August 1959 and was promoted another daughter, Anne, through a previous 31 May 1986.
to professor in 1962. marriage. We are very much a UK family “Retired” is not quite the correct term
Through the yearsIhave taught many large since, Elizabeth, Anne, and their husbands since I elected Western’s “optional retire—
classes in general chemistry as well as several also are UK graduates. I will be 65 next ment” program under which full retirement
upper division and graduate courses in both September and, although no firm decision has pay is received but half—time teaching is al-
inorganic and physical chemistry. I have had yet been made, I am tentatively thinking in lowed. The pay, however, is not 50% but only
the privilege of teaching and working with a terms of retiring at the end of 1989. 38%. But, (and this is most importanti) there
few thousand very able students at UK and Stanley M. Tarter, B.S. After working two are no committee, council, senate, etc. duties.
hopefully I have had an effect on them and years as an analytical chemist with Schenley I plan to continue teaching half—time through
will be remembered by them. It was both an Industries, I entered the law school at the the 1989—90 academic year and then really
honor and pleasure for me to receive a UK University ofCincinnati. After graduation, I retire.
Greek Community Outstanding Teaching worked as a patent attorney for two years with My wife and two children have a total of
Award in 1968 and also a UK Alumni AK20 and for twenty-five years with Mon— three degrees from Western Kentucky, but
Association Great Teacher Award in 1980. santo Company. I retired from Monsanto in UK ties are present too. Our son (a native
My research interests at UK, though dor— 1982 and have been in the private practice of Hoosier) works for UK and our daughter (a
mant the last five years, have focused on con— intellectual property law ever since. I have Dr. Michigander) got her physical therapy degree
ductance and dielectric constant studies in Meadows to thank for suggesting that a BS. from UK and works for the VA in Lexington.
nonaqueous media and also the synthesis, in chemistry andJ.D. in law would be a good I hope you and the whole department have
characterization, and use of many new marriage. Also, I have Dr. Barkenbus to a happy and productive New Year. _
. nonaqueous solvents, several of which have thank for teaching me organic chemistry
l exceptionally high dielectric constants and which I still use in my work. 1951
very broad liquid ranges. Through the Gordon Wilson, jr., M.S. After com- William R. Boyd, BA. 1 am answering
. research accomplished by very able under— pleting experimental work and thesis for the your letter inquiring about graduates of the
l graduates, graduate students, and postdoc- MS. degree in August 1949 I went to the 1950—54 years because of my respect for you.
i toral scholars in research groups led by Dr. University of Minnesota, Duluth Branch, as I had the privilege of haying you as a teacher
Dawson and myself, the UK Department of an Instructor in September. Returning to the for a second semester analytical chemistry
. Chemistry has received considerable interna- UK campus in December I managed to pass course during the summer of 194.9. There
tional recognition for research in the field of the final oral examination on the last day were only five of us in the class and I will
nonaqueous solvents. before Christmas vacation and my degree was always remember how you treated me with
At UK outside the Department of awarded in June 1950. respect and kindness.
Chemistry, I have served two years as chair- June of 1950 also saw the Korean “Police I will include some things about my life and
man of the University Senate Council, nine Action” start and by September, at age 25, you may print what you desire in the alumni
years as a faculty member on the UK Board I found myself in the U. S. Army at the re- newsletter.
ofTrustees, and ten years as a member of the quest of my local Draft Board. After a few I married a young lady from Oregon. We
Board of Directors of the UK Athletics weeks of basic training at Fort Knox, KY, I raised five children. I have been in the field
Association. Among many interesting ex— spent the rest of two years and one day of education during most of my life haying
periences, I was a member of the Presiden- teaching pseudo-chemistry at The Chemical taught Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics 3
l tial Search Committee in 1968—69 when Presi- Corps School. The School moved from Army in high school in the states of Washington and
l dent Singletary was appointed and was the Chemical Center, MD, to Ft. McClellan, AL Florida and Campbellsville College in Ken-
l staff officer working with the Presidential during this time and in Alabama I found my tucky. I received a master’s degree from the 1
l Search Committee in 1986-87 when President wife to be. University of Michigan in 1964.
l Roselle was appointed. Returning to Minnesota in 1952 (how could Paul Sears and I are from Somerset, KY.
1 I served half-time as Faculty Assistant to the a nice Alabama girl stand that weather?) I I have always considered him my friend and
President during 1970-82 and sincejuly 1982 taught two more years and then went to Pur- would appreciate you relating to him my
have been involved in full-time administrative due University for doctoral studies. During greetings. Both of you are great gentlemen.
staff activities as Special Assistant for the summer of 1953Iworked in the laboratory Albert L. Stone, M.S. I was happy to
Academic Affairs in the Central Administra- ofa brand new oil refinery near Duluth, a very receive your letter requesting information on
tion. I presently have responsibility for coor- educational experience. chemistry alumni from 1950-54. I have
dinating changes in the UK Governing Regu- Leaving Purdue in the fall of 1957 Ijoined worked for Tennessee Eastman Company
I lations and Administrative Regulations and a Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, MI. For since leaving UK. I worked in the Fibers Divi-

 sion doing analytical development work and and With the DOCK” 0f PthSOPhY Degree in was spent with American Cyanamid Co. from
quality control work. I retired December 1, January 1957' I left Purdue in August 1954 1952 to the present. It goes something like
1986, as supervisor ofthe analytical labs. The and went to the University Of California, this: Ten years selling a broad range of in-
Fibers Division manufactured cellulose acetate Berkeley, where I did my PhD‘ research in dustrial chemicals — mineral acids to cyanuric
yarn, Verel modacrylic yarn, and Kodel poly- absentia from Purdue and the Ph~D‘ research chloride and surface active agents. Lived in
ester yarn, and cellulose acetate cigarette filter was hhiShEd in December 1955' Connecticut, New Jersey, Boston, and
tow. After finishing the doctoral research I went Cleveland. In 1963 moved into New York
During my career I was active in ACS and to work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory headquarters to do sales development work for
ASQC. I was ASQC certified Quality Engi- and remained there for 3-5 years. From a department — introduction of new products
neer and Reliability Engineer. ORNL I went to what was then Long Beach out of research. Focused on a line ofindustrial
a My continuing education included a short State College and remained on the faCUhY as biocides —— arsenoso benzene (had to give that
course in infrared spectroscopy at MIT under a professor 0f chemistry for 28-5 years. While up from a toxicity standpoint), some
Professor Lord of MIT and Dr. Bellamy of employed at California State University, Long guanidine compounds and a real winner,
. England. I also took some graduate courses Beach I served as a summer consultant at methylene bislsocyanate. Al the time, I
V in experimental statistics at UT. General Dynamics and what was then Law- promoted these products primarily to the oil
Since retiringlhave spent alot Oftime play- rence Radiation Laboratory, Livermore. 1 production industry — water treatment for
ing golf on several courses in East Tennessee served as a regular consultant at the Lawrence secondary recovery/water flooding. Moved on
and Western North Carolina. Ihaven’t made Radiation Laboratory, Livermore and at to product manager for monomers (acryla-
a hole—in-one yet but there is always a chance. Sandia Corporation, Livermore for a number mide and acrylamide based products like N.
Since September I have been working for 0f years. MY specialty was high temperature methyl acrylamide) and surfactants (wetters,
Eastman on contract to develop a Quality Chemisny _ usually at 20000C or higher. emulsifiers, dispersants and foamers). Con-
Manual for their Performance Plastics I retired from California State University, centrated on the emulsion polymer industry.
Business Unit. This includes a total quality Long Beach, in January 1988~ After teaching Took on responsibility for technical service
system for the manufacture of high perfor- for SUCh a long time as a teaching assistant and and then in the late sixties was made technical
mance polyester plastics. as a professor it simply became too PSYChO' director for Process Chemicals Department
I have very fond memories of UK. I have logically tiring [0 continue, 30 I retired. I 501d with responsibility for technical research,
often thought about the time Jim Wuellner, my property in California, bought a house in market research and sales development. Prob—
Gene Lindblad (or was it J. R. Gump), you, Kentucky, came to the Philippines, boughta ably the most rewarding job 1 had with a
and I went to Keeneland for the horse races. 10h built a house and now hlh)’ 01" partially number of new products being commercial-
Each of us put 50 cents in the kitty to make support a total 0f 28 Filipinos. ized. However, whether it was the work load,
a $52.00 bet. The best I remember we came 1952 my commuting to Stanford, CT from New
out about even for the day. Ihaven’t been to William B, Kauffman, M5,, wrote the Jersey or some other reason, I had a heart
a horse race since. [Editor’s Note: The horse first letter in May 1988 and the second letter attack in 1972- When I got back on my feet
Jim Wuellner picked threw the jockey at the on January 13, 1989, I went into a whole new business — develop-
starting gate and ran across the infield. That Amongst the mail when we returned from ing, manufacturing and marketing adhesives
cost us $2.00 in a hurry.l five months in Florida was the Spring copy and aluminum honeycomb to the aircraft in-
I am married and we have one daughter. ofChem-News. Now that I am retired I can dustry — both commercial and military. This
She is married and they live in Greeneville, sit down and read such things and I must say took me to Seattle, S. California, Dallas, St.
TN. They have one son who Will be three in I appreciate the time and effort that goes into LOUiS. 610-, wherever they were making
January. We sure enjoy being with him. publishing such a newsletter. You and airplanes and helicopters (all helicopter rotors
I heard from J. R. Gump last Christmas. whoever else should be commended for keep— are laminates 0f aluminum and aluminum
He is the only one from UK (’49-’50) that I ing the publication going. honeycomb with an adhesive bonding the
have heard from in several years. I would like It hardly seems possible (although I can feel WhOIE together) That 10b 1215th about four
to hear what others are doing now. I enjoy it every morning in my joints) that it was 36 years and then I WEI“ back again [0 my 01d
receiving correspondence from the Chemistry years ago that I left Lexington. We have department to see ifI could find some new
Department. I would also like to hear about covered a lot of miles since then and met a products or businesses for them to get into.
your family. lot of people. That’s kind of like trying to find a pearl in
A. G. Tharp, BS. 1951, MS. and Ph.D. My time at the University of Kentucky was an oyster bed — you have to open a thousand
from Purdue. We finally caught up with him well-spent. The basic principles of chemistry before you can find one good one! Spent a lot
in the Philippines after tracing him from Long drummed into me by you and the other pro- Oftime looking at products that could be used
Beach State College. He wrote as follows: fessors, have served me well over the years. to make high solids slurries of pulverized coal
3 What a surprise it was to get the letter from I remember when I was asked at my oral exam which would be used in place of fuel oil by
UK! I was sure that no one there had the what I intended to do after graduation andl the electrical industry. When oil was 1535 a
slightest idea where I was since I have not indicated I was heading for the commercial barrel it looked attractive but at $18 a barrel,
‘ received anything from there in years. How side ofthe industry, there were some negative forget it! Looking for new business oppor-
did someone come by my address in Quezon looks and comments from my inquisitors. I tunities is very frustratin