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
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.
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.
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.