Spring 2004
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Spring 2004

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Robert M. Mc Manigal (B.S. Chem) passed away on October 27, 2003 at the age of 102. After graduation he worked at Standard Oil, but then returned to Cal, earning a J.D. at Boalt School of Law in 1928. He started his practice in Los Angeles, specializing in intellectual property and probate law before the California State Bar was founded. He worked and remained active throughout his life, and he celebrated his hundredth in fine style, complete with a blue and gold cake, with friends and relatives at his home in Southern California. During his centennial year, the California State Bar and the chief justice of the Supreme Court of California officially recognized him as the oldest practicing lawyer in California, and cited his lifetime of work driven by an avid enthusiasm for law. His advice to attorneys is to “never take a case you don't believe in.” And, when asked for his secrets of longevity, he offered this: “Know the Man upstairs; have good genes; have a good wife and extended family support; enjoy your work; have great clients; and have a passion for an avocation. For best results, never retire, but if you do retire, make sure to remain active.”

Edward C. Lingafelter (see 1939)

Helena Ruben (B.A. Chem) passed away on November 26, 2003, shortly before her 90th birthday, in a retirement home near her son in New Hampshire. [Her late husband, Samuel J. Ruben (1938 Ph.D. Chem), a UC Berkeley chemistry professor known for his work in photosynthesis and co-discoverer of carbon 14, had died in 1943 from phosgene exposure while working on a war-related chemistry project.] She returned to UC Berkeley and earned a graduate degree in education in 1949. She is survived by her son, George, of Hanover, NH; and her daughter, Constance Ruben of Berkeley, who, in 1996, established the Irving Fatt and Samuel Ruben Memorial Fund for Graduate Education in the College of Chemistry, honoring the memory of both her father and her husband. This fund has been designated for memorial gifts for Helena.

Ambrose F. “Bud” Gegan, Jr. (B.S. Chem) passed away last year. He had retired as a senior chemist with Hercules, Inc, and he and his wife, Helen, who survives him, lived in Nevada City, CA.

Edward C. Lingafelter (B.S. 1935, and Ph.D. Chem) and his wife, Roberta, passed away in April 2003, within just a day of each other. He was professor emeritus at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he joined the faculty in 1939. His research focused on the use of X-ray crystallography to study the structure of inorganic metal complexes. The Lingafelters leave behind four sons and seven grandchildren.

Arthur W. Adamson (B.S. Chem) passed away on July 22, 2003. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1944. After two years as a research associate for the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, TN, he began a career at the University of Southern California that extended through his appointment as professor emeritus in 1989. He chaired the USC Department of Chemistry from 1972 to 1975. His research made significant contributions to the understanding of physical adsorption and contact angle phenomena, and the thermodynamics of surfaces and irreversible adsorption. He was recipient of the American Institute of Chemists Gold Medal in 1994 and of many ACS honors, including the Richard C. Tolman Medal in 1967, the Award in Colloid or Surface Chemistry in 1979, the Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry in 1982, and the Award in Chemical Education in 1984. In 1991 the American Chemical Society established, in his honor, the Arthur W. Adamson Award for Distinguished Service in the Advance-ment of Surface Chemistry, sponsored by Occidental Petroleum Corporation. He was founding editor of Langmuir, the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids, and he was chairman of the ACS Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry. The author of several authoritative books in physical chemistry, he also produced unique videotapes of prominent surface and colloid chemists, thus contributing greatly to the preservation of science history. His wife, Virginia, survives him.

Charles R. Grau (B.S. Chem) passed away on November 16, 2002. He was Professor Emeritus at UC Davis, and is survived by his wife, Lois.

Clayton A. May (B.S. Chem) died on October 1, 2003, at the age of 82. He lived in Walnut Creek, CA, and was retired as vice president of Arroyo Research & Consulting. He had previously worked for Shell Oil. Real Cal enthusiasts, he and his wife, Lorraine (1943 B.A. Decorative Arts), who survives him, attended a number of G. N. Lewis Alumni gatherings and were involved in other campus alumni activities.

B. Everett Elerath (B.S. Chem) passed away on December 6, 2002. He had worked as an engineering specialist for General Foods. Following retirement in the 1980s, he took assignments for the Volunteer International Executive Service Corps, where he applied his specialist's knowledge of coffee factory operations and freeze-drying and air-drying foods, for which he holds 5 patents. He also served on the Ashland, OR, city council and as director of their transit system, and still found time to build an airplane that he flew across the US! His wife, Betty, owns Mountain Side Realty in Ashland. She and their three sons survive him.

Robert D. Knopes (B.S. Chem) passed away on September 24, 2003. He was president of ChemPro, a consulting firm in Walnut Creek, CA, where he and his wife, Lorraine, who survives him, made their home.

Eugene S. “Gene” DeHaven (B.S. ChemE) passed away on May 13, 2003. He had worked for Dow and made his home in Lafayette, CA. His wife, Dorothy, who survives him, earned a B.S. from Berkeley in Agricultural Science in 1944.

Edward L. Soule (B.S. ChemE) passed away on May 29, 2003. He spent his career at Weyerhaeuser in Washington State, and was vice president of research and engineering at the time of his retirement. His wife, Ramona, and three children survive him.

Dean C. Dunlavey (Ph.D. Chem), who earned his doctorate with Glenn Seaborg and then received a J.D. from Boalt Hall in 1955, passed away on June 28, 2003. He and his wife, Dorian (B.A. Political Science 1955), who survives him, made their home in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. A retired trial attorney, he was a partner at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher.

John L. Margrave (Postdoc. Chem) died on Dec. 18, 2003. After leaving Berkeley, he taught for ten years at the University of Wisconsin, and in 1963 accepted a position at Rice University, where he remained on the faculty until his death. He served as Department Chair from 1967 to 1972 and as Rice’s Dean of Advanced Studies and Research from 1971 to 1980. During his career, he made many important contributions to fluorine chemistry, including groundbreaking work on fluorinating carbon nanotubes. In recognition of his accomplishments, he received the ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry in 1967, the ACS Southwest Regional Award in 1973, and the ACS Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry in 1980. In 1974, he was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences, where he served on several committees for the National Research Council related to nuclear safety and demilitarization of chemical weapons. He was also president and then director of Sigma Xi from 1986 to 1992. He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou Davis, two children, and five grandchildren.

Roger M. Wright (see 1962)

Donald M. Brettner (B.S. ChemE) died in Saratoga, CA, on January 15, 2004. He had a 45-year career in the semiconductor industry, most recently as group vice president of manufacturing services for Advanced Micro Devices, from which he was retired. He became known for his leadership and commitment to the well-being of his employees. The Malaysian government bestowed on him the Malaysian equivalent of knighthood, in recognition of his role in bringing prosperity to thousands of Malaysians in the form of job training and opportunities. He co-authored several books on management in the high-tech industry. He leaves behind his wife, Eunmi, five children, and eight grandchildren.

Roger M. Wright (B.S. 1956 and Ph.D.ChemE) passed away February 3, 2004. A long-time supporter of the College, he was retired as a senior engineering specialist with Allied Signal Corp. Earlier in his career, he worked for AiResearch, a division of the Garrett Corp, where he specialized in developing space environmental control systems for the Gemini and Apollo space missions. He also worked on the design of the first Gemini EVA umbilical and on advanced heat-transfer components and systems. His widow, Virginia, designated the College of Chemistry for memorial gifts. He is also survived by his son, Douglas, and his daughter, Tisha.

The mother of David M. Okita (B.S. Chem) gave us the very sad news this year that he had passed away, “after many years of suffering.” He lived in Sun Valley, CA.

Robert Macnab

Robert M. Macnab (Ph.D. Chem) died unexpectedly on September 7, 2003, as a result of a fall at his home. Following his Ph.D, he worked with Dan Koshland (B.S. ’41, prof. emeritus, Molecular and Call Biology at Berkeley) on the motility of bacteria. He began his distinguished career in 1973 at Yale University, where he became renowned for his contributions to the understanding of the bacterial flagellum, the organelle of motility for many prokaryotes. He and his wife and colleague, May Kihara, worked together, researching its assembly, structure, and function. He served as chair of the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, and he played a major role in recreating the microbiology department and in developing programs to improve undergraduate life and education at Yale. Even beyond the scientific and academic worlds, his enthusiasm extended to all aspects of his life; food, drink, poetry, friends, and family were among his passions.

His family has set up a fund in his memory. The money will be used for a scholarship given to a Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry undergraduate student. Contributions can be sent c/o Melody Lane, Dept. Mol. Biophys. & Biochem., Yale University, P.O. Box 208114, New Haven, CT 06520-8114.

Deepak K. Sharma (Ph.D. ChemE) passed away suddenly on November 18, 2003 in San Francisco. Born in Somalia, Africa, he came to the United States in 1972. His life-long career with Dow Chemical Company, in Midland, MI, started in 1976 and included a hiatus, during which he earned his Ph.D. at Berkeley with Prof. Clayton Radke. He was recently promoted to research leader in the materials sciences and information research department at Dow, and was particularly valuable to the company for the dual roles he performed: as a key contributor to the efforts of physical sciences to develop new and improved polymer fabrication processes, and modeling of poly-condensation reaction kinetics; and as Dow’s external technology senior geographic specialist in India. He was the recipient of numerous awards in engineering. He leaves behind his wife, Bharti, and their sons, Eric and Chris, and is remembered fondly by all who knew him for his sense of humor, his enthusiasm for life, and his love of music.

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