Historical Notes
 
Karen Louise (Breed) Piper
July 11, 1938 - December 21, 2016
I am sad to report that Karen Piper, long-time business manager of The NUCLEUS, administrator of the Esselen Award and one time NESACS Administrative Secretary passed away on December 21 at her home in Harvard, Massachusetts. Karen is survived by her husband, James U. Piper, long-time and recently retired, Treasurer of NESACS. She is also survived by daughters Jeananne C. Piper Grady and husband Alexander of Hingham and Jessica L. Piper Leahy and husband Michael of Boston. She was predeceased by infant
win sons, James and Jonathan.
In her role as Business Manager, Karen meticulously maintained financial records, worked with Vince Gale on Nucleus advertising and printers, developed budgets, billed the advertisers, did collections and maintained the mailing list. This was all done quietly and seamlessly from her home in Harvard. Karen, occasionally, visited us at our monthly Board of Publications Meetings or called in. Her work was very much behind the scenes, but critical to managing The Nucleus.
We were pleased in 2012 to recognize her efforts with the Arno Heyn Memorial Book Prize. In April Karen was a guest of the Esselen Award Committee in recognition of her longrelationship with the Esselen Family and administration of the award. Karen was flawless in this endeavor as I always received the award information for publication in The Nucleus within the deadline and complete in all details. Soon after I would receive the text of the Esselen Award address. Karen ran a tight ship!
Karen had a very strong bond with the Esselen Family and maintained her role as administrator of the Esselen Award despite having resigned as NESACS Administrative Secretary in 1992.
For her many years of contributions to NESACS in collaboration with Jim Piper, she was, along with Jim (also the 1990 Hill Awardee), the 2016 Henry A. Hill Award Recipient. It is great that Karen received these recognitions for nearly 30 years of service to our Section. She will be missed. (M. Filosa)
 
A description in Karen’s own words of her contributions to NESACS over the years ... [PDF]

Christine Jaworek-Lopes
June 1, 1970 - May 21, 2016
Christine Jaworek-Lopes was a very active member of NESACS. She will be missed.
  • Associate Professor of Chemistry, Emmanuel College, Boston
  • Councilor, NESACS
  • Chair, NESACS National Chemistry Week Committee
  • Member, ACS Committee on Community Activities
  • Recipient, 2008 E. Ann Nalley Northeast Regional Award for Volunteer Service to the ACS
  • Recipient, 2015 Henry A. Hill Award for Outstanding Service to NESACS
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In Memoriam by Michael P. Filosa ... [PDF]

Vivian Walworth
1922 - 2016
Vivian was a 70+ year member of the Northeastern Section of the ACS. Vivian was an active ACS leader, a natural scientist, a superb writer and editor, and loved gardening. She was a member and leader of the Board of Publications of the NESACS for many years. She will be sorely missed.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Vivian received a BS in Chemistry from University of Michigan in 1942. She married fellow student Wilbur Walworth. They moved to Cambridge in 1943, where Vivian joined Polaroid, working on 3D imaging for aerial reconnaissance during the War. Vivian worked closely with Edwin Land and was instrumental in having the laboratory where he invented instant photography designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark in 2015. In 1952, the Walworth family moved to Concord. Vivian was co-leader of the Concord Mariner Girl Scout troop from 1955 to 1970. She was a member of the Boston Mycological Club from the early 1950s. After her retirement in 1985, Vivian served as a consultant at Rowland Institute for Science, and in 2009 she co-founded StereoJet, Inc., which uses innovative technology to produce high-quality 3D images. In 1985 Vivian became active in REUSIT, the volunteer group that conducted the first recycling projects in Concord. She organized a small SwapOff, which was the starting point for Concord's popular DropOff/SwapOff events. Vivian taught courses at Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement from 1992 to 2008. She was an active member of First Parish in Concord. Vivian died March 29 after a slow decline due to atrial stenosis. She is survived by her 5 children, 4 grandchildren and 6 step-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on June 18 at First Parish in Concord.
Vivian Walworth (In Memoriam - 1922-2016) - by Mary McCann & John McCann ... (PDF)
Remembering Vivian Walworth by Victor King McElheny ...[PDF]

Daniel J. Sandman
It is with deep regret that the University of MA Lowell Department of Chemistry and Center for Advanced Materials deliver the news of Professor Daniel Sandman’s sudden passing. He will be deeply missed.
Daniel J. SANDMAN, Ph.D. 74, passed away suddenly on March 4, 2016. He is survived by his beloved wife, Alma. He was predeceased by his son, Daniel, Jr, Pharm.D. He will be sadly missed by his daughters, Suzanne Pasko and Dr. Karen Sandman, his sons-in-law, Christopher Pasko and Dr. Sandeep Mulgund, and his daughter-in-law, Dr. Bushra Zawaydeh and her husband, Erik Peterson. He marveled at the talents and kindness of his grandchildren: Amanda, Bethany, and Michael Pasko, Mira and Sonia Mulgund, and Laura Sandman, as well as his step-grandchildren, Adelina and George Peterson. He is also survived by his siblings and their spouses, Alice and John Sandman, Florence and John Sasinowski, and Dr. Kaethe Sandman and Peter Anderson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.Dr. Sandman received a B.S. from Drexel University and a PhD from Princeton University, and was a postdoctorate researcher at at the University of Wisconsin. He was a Senior Staff Scientist in Corporate Research at Xerox Corporation and at GTE Labs in Waltham prior to being appointed to Professor of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell in 1993. Visiting Wed. March 9th from 5-8 p.m. at the Acton Funeral Home, 470 Massachusetts Ave (Rte 111) ACTON. Funeral Mass Thurs. March 10th at 10 a.m. in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 89 Arlington St., Acton, with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Acton Ctr. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Brigham & Women's Hospital, Attn. Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02116, Please specify "In memory of Dr. Daniel Sandman for Dept. of Neurosurgery." Memorial page www.actonfuneralhome.com
Published in The Boston Globe on Mar. 6, 2016
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In Memoriam by Michael P. Filosa ... [PDF]

Arthur Obermayer dies at 84 on January 10, 2016
Arthur Obermayer's role in the history of chemistry and of the Northeastern Section was tremendous. I first came to know him meeting in a small group in his living room as we planned to implement his bold idea to create a Northeastern Section web site. Only in the years afterward did I come to realize his critical contributions in so many aspects of chemistry and the history of our Section. The lecture in which he accepted the Hill Award featured priceless slides of early days of Arthur and Henry Hill documenting how they broke new ground in so many ways, and Arthur's contributions to the Hill symposium were critical depictions of chemical history. We had been talking about ways that these would be permanently preserved; I hope that this preservation work will carry on and that the Hill Symposium will result in a book that includes Arthur's contributions.
- Doris Lewis
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Extraordinarily sad news!

At this time of sorrow we pray that God grants all the strength to bear this irreparable loss with dignity and fortitude. We share the family’s sorrow; kindly rest assured that we all pray for the everlasting peace for the soul of the dear departed.

I will forever cherish the memories of my association (however brief it was) with Art and entertain very fond memories of the meeting with Art, particularly at NESACS. He was a consummate gentleman who ennobled others by his very presence. He lived a full life and his demise leaves an enormous void in our midst. Everybody who met him will long cherish fond memories of their friendship with him.

As he joins others in the Heaven and Stars, may his spirit continue to be an inspiration to all. What a deserving Henry Hill award winner and ACS Fellow he was.

Requiescat in Pace!
- Mukund Chorghade

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Benedict Gallo 1934-2015
Benedict J. Gallo died June 3, 2015. He was the son of Francisco and Maria Carmella (Bruno) Gallo. He was born an American citizen in Mevito, Italy on March 2, 1934 and raised in Mamaroneck, NY from the age of three. He graduated from Stepinac High School in White Plains, NY and earned a B.A. degree at the University of Connecticut, a Masters of Geology at University of Michigan, a Masters of Science degree at Eastern Michigan University and a Ph.D. in microbiology at the University of Michigan.
His early career was in high school teaching. His second career was as a microbiologist at the Soldiers Systems Command, Natick Labs from 1976-1995. He was recognized as the first scientist to patent a microorganism with a total of three patents by the United States Army. Some of his interestswere the use of microorganisms to degrade cellulose and the action of
microorganisms upon a variety of chemicals. MSS

Haig Markarian 1911-2015
Haig Markarian died March 28, 2015 at age 103. He was born June 27, 1911 in Lowell, MA. He graduated from Lowell Tech University and worked at the Natick Army Laboratories for 35 years.
During WW II he was an instructor in Chemical Warfare in the US Army.

Erwin Emerson Morse 1915-2014
Erwin Emerson Morse died on September 30, 2014 in Berlin, NH. He was born in Willimantic, Connecticut on October 6, 1915 to Erwin Emerson and Julia Maude Lathrop Morse. He graduated from Newton (MA) High School in 1932, from Bowdoin Col- lege, cum laude, in 1936. He earned the Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California at Berke- ley in 1940 under G. N. Lewis.
His career was largely in sugar technology. He was a research chemist in Woodland, CA (1940-48), at Spreck- els Sugar Co. and the Brown Co. in Berlin, NH, where he was Research Director of the research labs until retirement in 1984. He published in a number of areas of cellulose technol- ogy such as wet strength, resins for paper towels, cellulose derivatives and the first crystallized cellulose: Solka Floc. He published papers in various journals and books in areas of sugar technology. He was a member of the NH State Advisory Council on Engineering (1959-69), honored by President Johnson with a Personal Award. and listed in American Men of Science, Who’s Who, and New Hampshire Notables.

Claude Spencer 1919-2014
Dr. Claude Spencer died April 25, 2014 in Merrimack, NH at age 95. He was born February 14, 1919 in Athens, Pennsylvania to Gertrude Frazee and Claude D. Spencer. He graduated high school in Painted Post, NY in 1938. He entered the University of Michigan and earned a B.S. in Chemistry in 1942.
He worked in a research lab at Merck in Rahway, NJ until he and his wife, Louise, removed to Boston to do graduate studies at MIT. After he received the Ph.D. in 1950 he returned to Merck until 1959 when he moved his family, now three children, to Norwich, NY to work as Senior Research Chem- ist at Norwich Pharmiceutical Co., later acquired by Procter and Gamble, from which he retired in 1983.
His retirement involved travels in Europe and capturing memories in memoirs. His wife and eldest child predeceased him. He is survived by son Richard, daughter Karen, and four grandchildren.

Remembering Tommy Menino 1943-2014
Submitted by Jack Drsicoll, NESACS Public Relations Chair
The summer of 1960, I was working at Simco’s, a restaurant in Mattapan, before starting college. A rookie from Hyde Park was hired for the summer and I had to show him the ropes. The worst job in the place was filling the relish jars from a 55 gallon barrel and Tommy was obliged to do that all summer. When you finished that job you really needed a shower, but you had to wait many hours until you got home, since no shower was available.
I used to drive him to Hyde Park at night because the T was not running that late. We talked about what we were going to do in the fall. I was going to college to study chemistry. Tommy did not have a clue about his future.
The next time that I heard about Tommy was when Ray Flynn was appointed Ambassador to the Vatican and Tom Menino, President of the Boston City Council, was to take his place. I was stunned. I remembered him as a shy young man with no idea of his future. He would soon be the Mayor of Boston. Wow!
In 2006, I was at the Suffolk University Summa Dinner when Tommy was honored and was to receive an honorary doctorate from the University. I was in the receiving line and asked Tommy whether he remembered me from Simco’s. He said “I remember the relish barrel”. We both laughed and talked for a few minutes.
In 2013, Suffolk University was in the process of reorganizing its science programs. I had been discussing the importance of some of these programs with President McCarthy and I needed something extra to help us. Professor Shatz had just received an NSF Grant to provide engineering scholarships for minority Boston Public School students.
I sent an email to Mayor Menino with the tagline “Remember the relish barrel.” I received a note the next day and about two weeks later a copy of the letter was sent to President McCarthy in support of the electrical engineering program. The program was saved.
After he retired I invited Mayor Menino to the Cape, or to treat him to lunch at a restaurant of his choice, for his help. Unfortunately, his health did not cooperate. He certainly came a long way from his days with the relish barrel. He became a great man and a politician with a political career to be envied.

David O. Ham 1939-2014
Submitted by James L. Kinsey
David Ham, 75, physical chemist, environmental research scientist, and science educator, a resident of Williamsburg, Massachusetts, died suddenly October 15, 2014 in Houston, TX. He was attending a workshop to set up an International Baccalaureate Program at Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School (PVCICS), where he taught physics, chemistry and mathematics.
In 1961 Ham graduated with a B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and in 1968 was awarded a Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
From 1970 to 1980 he worked at the University of Rochester, initially as an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department and then as a Senior Research Associate, Laboratory for Laser Energetics and Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Sciences in the College of Engineering. After 10 years in Rochester, Ham spent one year at the National Laboratory in Los
Alamos, New Mexico.
In 1980 he resettled in the Boston area, working as a research scientist and as Vice President of Energy and Environmental Sciences for Physical Sciences, Inc. (PSI) in Andover, MA. Subsequently, he founded his own company, Envirochem, Inc., conducting contract research for environmental projects.
Ham wrote a monthly column about global warming for The Nucleus. Throughout his career as a research scientist, he maintained his commitment to bringing science to underprivileged youth and his enthusiasm for instilling his love of science in all students.
He is survived by his wife, MaryAnna, of 52 years, his daughters Audrey and Lesley, and a grandson, Wei David.

Norman J. Hochella 1930-2014
We are sorry to report the death of Norman J. Hochella on February 3, 2014. He was born on June 28, 1930.
A long time member of the ACS, he also held membership in the Ameri- can Institute of Chemists and Sigma Xi. He was educated at Valley Forge Military Academy, Lafayette College and Temple University School of Medicine.
He held positions over his long career at Boston Heart Foundation, Precision Systems, MIT Biology Department, Damon Corporation, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Fels Research Institute, Institute for Cancer Research and Women’s Medical College both in Philadelphia. He worked out procedures used in Technion’s “Autoanalyzers..”
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Virginia of Stow, MA. He is also survived by his daughter Mary, his son Michael and four grandchildren.
We thank Mrs. Virginia Hochella for the above information.

Bernard Siegal 1925-2013
Submitted by Myron S. Simon
Bernard Siegal of Bedford, MA , died on June 24, 2013 at the age of 88. He had been a member of the ACS for fifty years and was a former chair of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists. He graduated from Yeshiva University in 1945 and went on with chemistry courses at New York University and City University of New York, receiving the A.M. Degree in 1953. He received a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences from Rutgers in 1968.
His career included 16 years at Bristol Myers leaving as Laboratory Director. In 1969 he was appointed Director of Product Research at Gillette and in 1979 joined Herbert V. Huster, Inc. of Quincy, MA where he developed a series of products for household and personal use. His work was in emulsion and suspension technology.
As well as his membership in several Chemical societies he was a member of the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society in which he earned certification.
He is survived by his sons William and Matthew, and daughter Dina, their spouses, and grandchildren Madeleine and Anna.

Clarence Grant 1930-2013
Submitted by Myron S. Simon
Professor Clarence “Tiny” Grant, 83, died on October 13, 2013 at his home in Exeter, NH.
He was born July 8, 1930 in Rollinsford, NH, the son of Merton and Susan (Hutchins) Grant. He graduated from The Dover, NH High School in 1947 and earned his B.S. in Chemistry at UNH in 1951. He earned his M.S. in 1956 and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1960.
He taught at UNH for 36 years. He was Chairman of the Chemistry Department from 1976 to 1979, and retired as Professor Emeritus. His students voted him Outstanding Teacher in 1987.
Among the organizations he consulted for, he was a consultant to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and was given an Army Special Act Award in 1994.
He was a member of many scientific organizations and served as president of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy. His research studies yielded 52 journal articles and he also published five book chapters and 30 government technical publications.
In 1952 he married Helen Garland who survived him, along with 3 sons Philip, Stephen and David, their spouses, and five grandchildren. His brothers Donald and Kenneth had pre-deceased him.

Leon Mir 1938–2013
Submitted by Judith Mir /mss
Dr. Leon Mir was born in Krystynopol, Poland on July 13, 1938. He died on Saturday, February 23, 2013 in Brookline, MA of liver cancer.
He emigrated to Canada in 1948 and later to New York. He obtained his B.A. and B.S. from the Columbia School of Engineering in 1959 and his M.S. and Sc.D. in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 1961. He was a fiftyyear member of the American Chemical Society.
Mir’s expertise was in the fields of membrane and chromatographic separation technologies. He worked at Abcor, Millipore, Ionics and Protient and for a long time was a consultant in separation processes.
In 2005 Mir co-invented singlepass tangential-flow filtration, an important innovation in ultra-filtration processes, for which he obtained several patents. In 2006 he co-founded SPF Innovations to develop and commercialize the technology.
He was the husband of Judith Bedrick Mir, father of Jonathan Philip Mir of New York and Lisa Tova Mir of San Diego, CA. He had two grandsons, Nicholas David Mir and Alexander Grounds Mir.