Rochester Local Section (Chartered in 1912)

2016 Biographies for 50-Year ACS Members


Dr. Henry J. Gysling

Henry Gysling was born (Dec. 29, 1941) and raised in Norwood, PA, a western suburb of Philadelphia.  He graduated from Archmere Academy in Claymont, DE (in 1959, one year ahead of Joe Biden).  His interest in chemistry was encouraged by a high school chemistry teacher and his father, who built him a chemistry lab in their basement.  He received a B.S. in Chemistry from St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia and began graduate studies at the University of Delaware, intending to do organic chemistry.  However, after attending a faculty interview seminar by John Burmeister on linkage isomerism in coordination chemistry he decided to pursue inorganic chemistry.  He became Prof. Burmeister’s first student; his thesis involved synthesis and characterization of coordination complexes with ambidentate ligands.  After spending his first summer at Delaware in a research lab without air conditioning, he asked the employment center to find him a summer industrial lab job – “anywhere north of Delaware – the farther, the better”.  This turned out to be critical in his career since it led to meeting his most important mentor and a lifetime friend, Joe Yudelson, who hired him for a the summer project in 1965 in the Kodak Research Labs.  The project Joe had formulated centered on palladium complexes as photocatalysts for non-silver imaging systems, with amplification by metal electroless plating solutions.  Initial work was focused on producing magnetic tape using cobalt electroless plating solutions, but later work expanded this concept to a broad spectrum of non-silver imaging and patterning systems.   This summer work led to his first patent (he currently holds 46 US patents)

After completing his Ph.D. at Delaware, he spent a post-doctoral year at New York University with Minoru Tsutsui (organolanthanides), followed by 2 years at the University of Newcastle-upon Tyne (UK) with Norman Greenwood (boron hydride chemistry).  In the fall of 1970 he returned to take a position at Kodak, in a recently formed lab with Joe Yudelson as lab head, to develop a commercially viable non-silver imaging system.  The years in this lab, which included a broad spectrum of expertise in chemistry, physics, and photographic science was a “chemical heaven”, basic R&D (with a clear commercial goal) but without the pressure of getting funding in an academic position, and a great group of world-class co-workers.  Publications were encouraged and he published 55 papers while there, primarily focused on Cu(1+) coordination chemistry,  organotellurium compounds and their use in photothermographic imaging systems (in collaboration with Mark Lelental), single source precursors for use in aerosol-assisted CVD processes for thin film fabrication (in collaboration with Alex Wernberg), and the development of the ligand chemistry of tellurium.  

After a 33 year career at Kodak, he retired in 2004, and after a year working in Rich Eisenberg’s lab at the University of Rochester, he joined AirFlow Catalyst Systems, a local company developing emission control systems for diesel engines, as Director of Technology.  In 2009, with Mark Lelental, he began to develop technology for high sensitivity bioassays.  After this technology was patented and initial reduction to practice was done with a modified ELISA format protocol at the University of Rochester Medical Center (showing an 80X sensitivity increase over the widely used enzyme-based ELISA technology), he retired from AirFlow to focus on commercializing this bioassay technology at their newly formed company, CatAssays.  This development work is currently being done under a National Cancer institute Phase 1 SBIR Grant – with the focus on a GEN-2 reagent, a universal ELISA format nanoparticulate label incorporating CatAssays’ proprietary catalyst for its dye signal chemistry. 

Henry has also been very active in the Rochester Section, holding virtually all positions on the Executive Committee, including Section Chair in 2000.  He also presented many Chemical Demonstration shows at area schools while at Kodak, as well as organizing and managing a “Scientific Research” Explorer program for ca. 15 years (a career awareness program for high school students co-sponsored by the Boy Scouts).  Most recently he was instrumental in beginning the Section’s First Tuesday Networking Mixers and the Chemistry in Emerging Technologies Lecture Series.

All of these professional activities would not have been possible without the support and love of his wife and best friend of 43 years, Carrol.  They both enjoy traveling: favorite destinations include Germany (where Carrol has many relatives), Spain, and Greece.  After a career as a Rochester City School District music teacher, Carrol retired and has spent the past 10 years as a voice teacher at the Eastman School of Music.  Their greatest joys are their children and grandchildren, Francesca (NYC, with husband, Erik, and 2 children, Nicholas (6) and Theo (3)), and Stefan (Rochester).  In addition to their continuing careers in science and music, they are both “professional grandparents”, traveling to NYC regularly to help with their grandsons.

Henry Gysling



 Mr. Paul Hahm

Paul Hahm was born in Watertown, SD, and attended Winnebago Lutheran Academy, Fond du Lac, WI.  While taking Chemistry as a junior, he helped his teacher set up labs and became passionate about a career in chemistry.  Paul’s first two years of college were at the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh.  There he joined the student ACS, which was very beneficial in figuring out chemistry opportunities.  Paul earned his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in January 1967.  During High School and College Paul worked during the year and summers to earn enough money to pay his expenses and leave college with a car, a fiancée and, no debt.  Jobs included working in a canning factory (70 hrs/wk.), mason's helper (better pay- hard physical work which relaxes the mind), etc.  In his last semester, he took two graduate courses to see if he should consider graduate school.  He discovered he preferred Physical Chemistry.  He really appreciated the quality of his professors at UW-Madison (e.g., Paul Bender), as well as the facilities and labs.  In the Chemical Spectroscopy graduate course, Paul became aware of Eastman Kodak through reading “The Theory of the Photographic Process” by Mees and James and in an American History elective where he learned that Eastman Kodak was one of the three companies that were the pioneers in industrial research.  

Paul worked at EASTMAN KODAK for 34 years (Jan 1967 - March 2001).  His duties included:  EKTACOLOR Paper Process Design Engineer, 1967-73:  Implemented decreasing from 5 to 2 chemical steps for color paper process (Paul also took Physics courses in “night school” at the University of Rochester at this time).  Project/Group/Technical Leader- Developing Photo Process & Systems, 1974-1985:  This included two 1-yr-year training assignments in Kodak Photochemical Markets as a "Marketing Specialist" and 1 year in the Kodak Research Color Paper Lab as a "Research Scientist”.  Product Builder, 1985-1991:  Commercialized 16 new products in 14 Years; required formulation of multiple chemical components, chemical systems and multi-layer coatings.  Senior Product Builder, 1991-1999:  Ibid, etc. with Professional color paper products.  Special Project Technical Leader/Research Scientist, 1999-2001.  Accomplishments at Kodak were the result of a "team effort;" Paul enjoyed working with and learning from experts in many fields.  People, procedures and attention to detail are keys to successful implementation.  Paul was helped considerably by “Super Techs.”  Paul has 14 patents in Photographic products, equipment, and process. 

     As retirement neared, Paul took a course to learn more about the retirement tax situation and ended up working for HR Block as a seasonal (part-time) Tax Preparer.  Paul enjoyed working with customers and other Kodak retirees who worked in the same office.  From 2005-7 Paul worked at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE - University of Rochester), as a System Engineer, he was responsible for writing the manual for the new OMEGA extended performance laser system.  Paul worked there with a colleague who also retired from Kodak.

Paul and Eunice have been happily married for 48 yrs. and are blessed with 4 Children and 15 grandchildren!  Tim is a Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, Mark, PhD EE, University of Rochester, lives in WI, James is a High School Teacher, & Dept Head in Milwaukee, WI, and Deborah has a business degree from SUNY College Brockport and MBA from Clarkson.  It is interesting to note that their oldest grandson is now at UW-Madison, Paul’s alma mater and their oldest granddaughter is now at Eunice’s alma mater. 

Paul has been a Treasurer, Financial Secretary, Elder, (currently President) for a congregation and North Atlantic District Mission Board member.  Paul’s interests and hobbies include gardening (6 ft plus high Tomato plants; Canned 49 Quarts of tomato juice this summer and had large surplus to give to friends), building a "Pentagon Playground" (with swings, slides, and climbing structures in his backyard for grandchildren and their friends - words can’t do this justice!), Investing/business, remodeling/fixing, and yard work.  Paul and Eunice like "woods and water" e.g., Glacier Nat. Park, Canadian Rockies, Colorado, Alaska and would like to see more of National Parks in western US.  Paul also likes reading non-fiction with practical useful information. In retirement Paul likes reading about the new-to-him science e.g., "4% Universe,” fusion, genomics as well as practical information e.g., technical medical reports pertaining to their medical issues.

Ken Schlecht



 Mr. Gary Hiller

Gary L. Hiller was born (March 27, 1942) and raised in Jim Thorpe Pa. and graduated from Jim Thorpe High School in 1960.  He attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown Pa. and graduated with a B.S. degree in Chemistry in 1964.  He was accepted to the Graduate School of the University of Virginia, but decided to accept a position at the Research Laboratories of the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester N.Y. where his first assignment was the evaluation of spectral sensitizing dyes.  While at Kodak he attended Rochester Institute of Technology and is proud to have been among the first group to graduate with an M.S. degree in 1967.

     Gary’s career at the Research Laboratories progressed to chemical sensitization of photographic emulsions and later to the design and precipitation of silver halide emulsions.  He joined the Research Laboratories of Kodak U.K. at Harrow (1980-1981) where he applied his expertise to the design of High Speed Emulsions for Color Negative products, including the then novel tabular silver halide emulsions.  He was awarded 15 patents relating to photography and became a group leader responsible for photosensitive elements for many color-negative film products.  He was promoted to Senior Research Associate, a position he held at the time of his retirement in 1998.

     Gary married his wife Karen in 1964; they have two children, Lori, 48 and Jeffery, 46 and four grandchildren.  Gary is very proud that his grand-daughter, Courtney, joined the American Chemical Society this year as he reaches the 50th anniversary of ACS membership.  Courtney spent a summer at Harvard Medical School and presented a paper at the ACS meeting in San Diego!

     Gary played baseball, basketball and football in both High School and College; he maintains an interest in all sports, being a life-time Phillies and Eagles fan; for nostalgic reasons he also roots for the Boston Red Sox, as his grandfather played a few games with them in 1919.  In retirement, his major hobby is fly-fishing which he enjoys when he spends about a third of the time in Naples Florida.

     When asked if would do anything differently, Gary said that he was fortunate that things have always worked out well for him.

Dan Daniel


 Dr. Jerry LeBlanc

Jerry T. LeBlanc was born in Baton Rouge, LA in 1943.  At age 3, the family moved to Birmingham AL where he graduated from a Catholic high school in 1961.  He attended Birmingham-Southern and graduated in 1965 with a B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics.  He then attended Florida State University for graduate studies, doing research in Physical Organic Chemistry under the mentorship of Prof. Delos Detar and earned a Ph.D. in 1970.  It was at Florida State that Jerry met and married his wife Anne in 1968.  Together they have three children and four grandchildren.

     In 1970, he joined the Dye Sensitizer Synthesis Laboratory of the Research Laboratories of Eastman Kodak.  Later he joined the Color Reversal Laboratory led by Jim Graham and Leroy Hanna, followed by a period in Bldg. 81 working with Dr. Howard James on Processing Chemistry, followed by a period as a film builder and product developer with Bob Booms.  He returned to the Research Labs as a Laboratory Head of Color Reversal.  Jerry admits that this was his least enjoyable assignment.  It was followed by a very enjoyable two years in the Plant in film manufacture and then work in Bldg. 69 on Color Reversal Processing with Joe Simson. 

     For 22 months in 1996-7, he was at the Kodak-Pathe Research Laboratories in Chalon France where he worked with Michel Laubier.  It was ironic that he and Anne received intensive language training in France as Jerry remembers that his French speaking parents only used French when they did not want their children to understand.  He returned to Rochester and worked on Color Negative Films until a Reduction in Force led to his retirement in 2005.

     In retirement, he became active as a docent at the Seneca Park Zoo and researches and writes documents for all docents. He is also a volunteer tax preparer with both the AARP and the CASH programs, helping low income folks with their tax returns. He was also active as a Literacy volunteer and in the ACS 5th grade science enrichment program. 

     He enjoys vacationing with family and gardening; he is proud of growing cacti indoors.  When asked if he would do anything differently, Jerry admits that at times he wishes he had majored in Zoology, though does not regret his decision since he had a wonderful career at Kodak.

Dan Daniel


Dr. Roger Lok

Roger Lok was born October 19, 1943 in Macao, China (the 7th of 9 siblings) where they endured the turmoil of China facing the Japanese occupation followed by Communist - Nationalist conflict.  Roger’s elementary education was in Canton and upper grades in Hong Kong.  In 1960 it was decided he should go to California and earn his high school equivalency at Oakland Community College (1962).  His favorite subject was chemistry due to the influence of an excellent high school chemistry teacher. 

Roger earned his B.S. in Chemistry at Berkeley (1966), where he extracted nicotine from poppies and chlorophyll from seaweed for Prof. Henry Rapoport’s natural product studies.  The focus was to find out which carbons in each molecule incorporated 14C during biosynthesis.  For graduate work he chose University of Washington to be close to the ocean and Canada.  He received a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (1971) under Prof. Andrew Anderson for the synthesis of a highly strained [1.1.0] azabicyclobutane.  His 3-year postdoctoral under Prof. James Coward at Yale’s Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine, involved the synthesis of enzyme-like molecules.  With the right stereochemistry, these can promote intramolecular transmethylation at room temperature instead of the much higher temperatures needed in nonaqueous medium. 

In 1974 Roger joined Kodak Research Labs in Pat Grisdale’s Biochemistry Lab to work on enzyme immobilization for bilirubin medical test strips.  Then, for several years he synthesized sensitizing dyes in the Bldg. 82 Emulsion Research Division before moving to the Bldg. 59 Emulsion Chemistry Lab.  His emulsion research included synthesis and activity studies which led to most of his 60+ Kodak patents.  The work was challenging and most rewarding.  The highlight of his work was in designing a gold complex with a stabilizing/solubilizing phenylmercaptotetrazole ligand, which was incorporated into many products to increase photographic sensitivity.  During his career, Roger read C&E News religiously and wrote an article published in J. Org. Chem.  He retired from Kodak in 2005. 

Roger met Ann Cogan in 1969, while she was pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Russian Literature.  They married and spent the winter of 1973 visiting Hong Kong and traveling to several countries in the Far East.  The next year they moved to Hilton, NY, and later had two daughters, Deirdre and Xenia. Ann chauffeured them every day to school in Rochester.  In 1988 while returning home, Ann was killed in a collision.  Roger and his 10 and 12 year old daughters were devastated, but he carried on raising them as a single dad working full time until they finished high school and college.  For therapy, Roger took up ballroom dancing.  This led to his becoming a Gentleman Dance Host for Cunard Cruise Lines in 2008.  He’s been on many cruises and will sail again in March from ports in the Far East to Southampton.  In 2000 he married Odette from Quebec.  Now he’s married to Kelly, whom he met in Hong Kong; they moved from Irondequoit to Monterey Park, CA, last month since Kelly prefers the warmer temperatures. 

Roger’s advice to friends is to “do the best you can in everything you do, and always keep a curious attitude.  Ultimately science rules supreme, despite what directions the political winds blow.”  That’s the positive outlook which has carried him through life’s challenges and adversities.

J. Dolf Bass


Ms. Leta Mueller

Leta A. Mueller was born in Hannibal, Missouri, and grew up in a small farming community in Iowa, a state education was highly valued.  She graduated from Keystone High School, in Keystone, Iowa.  Leta then attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and received a B.S. degree in Chemistry.  She pursued graduate work at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and received a Master’s degree in Chemistry (inorganic) in 1968.  She recalled that this was a very interesting time to be in Madison.

Her professional career began with IBM (East Fishkill, NY) as a chemist, in the area of Materials Science.  Leta decided that she was more interested in the field of Chemical Information.  She then studied Library Science at the University of Texas in Austin, where she received a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science in 1972.

Leta Mueller resumed her professional career at the Corning Glass Works (Corning, NY) as a Chemical Information Specialist (Chemistry, Materials Science).  This was followed by six years with the Armco Steel Corporation (Middletown, Ohio) as a Technical Librarian, primarily in the areas of Material Science.

Leta’s final move was to Webster, NY where she worked as a Technical Librarian for 30 years with the Xerox Corporation.  Over time, the subject matter she dealt with changed from primarily materials and related technology to mostly business and marketing information.

In addition to her membership in the American Chemical Society, she has been a long-time member of the Special Libraries Association.

During her retirement years, Leta Mueller has done some travelling.  Her chief outside interest is music.  She sings with the Rochester Oratorio Society, as well as with a church choir.  She enjoys attending RPO and other concerts.

Max M. Boudakian


 Dr. Jerrold Neal Poslusny

Jerrold Neal Poslusny, an ardent history buff, was born October 19, 1944 in the same Chicago hospital as Hemmingway.  His dad was an army optometrist during WWII; after the war they moved to a home with two orange groves in Palmetto, FL.  Jerry’s farm chores instilled a strong work ethic, and curiosity led him to committed study and scientific experiments.  He had a microscope and chemistry set and learned how to make gunpowder with charred matchsticks, saltpeter, and sulfur.  A 6th grade teacher allowed him and a friend to do experiments in a corner of the classroom, where they built an electrolyte detector.  Jerry was offended by Deep South segregation and respected an African-American farmer neighbor who let him ride his mule.  Working in a grocery store, he waited on this man and called him “sir” until he was quietly told that might get the man in trouble.  Graduating as valedictorian, Jerry was determined to escape the rural atmosphere to attend a college near big city opportunities.

He earned his B.S. in Science (1966), M.S. in Chemistry, and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (1972) at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.  Stevens was committed to undergrads and provided him excellent courses in chemistry, math, English, and history.  Summer lab jobs under Dr. Bose involved work on steroids and penicillin projects.  His thesis described the difficult reactions of azoxy compounds.  During his postdoctoral year at University of New Brunswick under Prof. Wiesner, he worked on the synthesis of poisonous aconotine alkaloids.

In the fall of 1972 Jerry joined the Bioanalytical Lab in KRL’s Methods Research and Technical Services Division.  The work involved developing backup chemical tests for cholesterol and BUN, in case the preferred enzymatic approach for medical test strips couldn’t be reduced to practice.  His career included assignments in the Analytical Sciences, Color Photography, Photographic Materials, and Chemical Technology divisions.  He especially enjoyed good collaboration in the Color Photography Division, which led to producing ten chemicals used in film and resulted in his being named on 42 patents.  He retired in 2003.

In June 1967 Jerry married Jacqueline, a Montclair State education grad he’d met five years earlier.  They have a son who is a federal court judge in Camden specializing in bankruptcies, and a daughter who teaches school in Williamsburg, VA.  They enjoy time with their five grandchildren.  Their Penfield home is filled with books, mostly on U.S. history; especially the Civil War.  Jerry points out that the Civil War was won more in the West than the South and the War of 1812 was won on Lake Ontario.  In 2001 he received the Lion of the Year Award for re-energizing Penfield Lions activities and serving as its president.  He has also served as an advisor for local political campaigns.  For many years he coached soccer for 6-17 year olds, insisting on giving fair playing time to each child and instilling good values while building winning teams.  In his specially equipped RV he can travel to explore historical sites and take friends (and sometimes Jackie) salmon fishing.  A special passion is fly fishing and he plans to catch bonefish in the shallow-water flats around Andros Island in the Bahamas in early November.

J. Dolf Bass


 Dr. Ken Schlecht

Ken Schlecht was born on April 4, 1944 in Syracuse, NY to German immigrant parents.  He had a Gilbert Chemistry Set and set up a “lab bench” in the basement complete with a Bunsen burner.  At North Syracuse High School he liked science and was turned on to chemistry by his chemistry teacher, Mr. Hugo Pinti.  He attended LeMoyne College (Syracuse) as a commuter student.  There he was inspired by Fr. Clarence Schubert, S.J. and Dr. George A. Pearse.  He received his B.S. in Chemistry (1966) and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Iowa (Iowa City) in 1971 under Clyde W. Frank.     

While in Iowa City he met and fell in love with Mary Jo Gregory; they married on August 1, 1970.  Earlier that summer he secured a position with the Chemistry Department at SUNY College at Brockport.  They moved to Brockport at the end of summer and he finished writing his thesis that first fall. 

At Brockport he was mentored by John W. Bixler, the other analytical chemist.  Ken taught all the various analytical courses, plus P. Chem. Lab., College Chemistry, and developed courses in Forensic Science as well as some contemporary issues courses for the general education program.  He served as Department Chair from 1983-88.  In the fall of 1979 he attended a Chemical Lecture Demonstration Workshop at the University of Wisconsin by Bassam Shakhashiri.  His goal was to increase his use of lecture demonstrations in his courses and ran 40+ workshops in the Rochester area for secondary school teachers.  He also ran several workshops for area chemists on chemical activities aimed at primary and middle school students.  In the early 1980s he was encouraged by a colleague in the Physics Department, Dr. Richard Mancuso, to develop a “road show” of chemical demonstrations; this became his “Excitement of Chemistry” program (presented over 300 times to almost 40,000 people).  Dr. Mancuso had a very successful traveling Physics show; they joined forces to develop a show called the “Beauty and Unity of Chemistry and Physics” (presented over 75 times to over 17,000 people from 1981-97).  Ken’s 9 published articles include topics such as Tetracycline degradation, NMR, ATR, Fluoride dating in mastodon bones, and lecture demonstrations.  Ken retired from Brockport at the end of 2007 after 37½ years. 

Ken has served the Rochester Section as an Alternate Councilor (1995-7), Chair (1992 & 2009), Newsletter Editor (1998-2006), Member-At-Large (2006-7), member of the Education Committee (1979-98), and NERM 2012 Exhibit Chair.  Ken received the Rochester Section Award in 1999 and a Special Recognition Award in 1991.  He also served on the ACS’s Admissions Committee (2006-8).  He was a Presider at the Pittsburgh Conference from 1984-96.  He also become interested in natural zeolites and worked on several international conferences related to that. 

Ken and Mary Jo have 3 married children and 7 grandchildren located in Tucson, New York City and Philadelphia.  They travel to see each family several times each year.  They split their time between a cottage on Lake Ontario (Hamlin) in the summers, and a townhouse condo in Durham, NC in the winters.

Ken enjoys their summers at the Lake, is taking up golf, with questionable result, and volunteers regularly at Habitat for Humanity in Durham, with a group of retirees called the Geezers.

Ken Schlecht

 Dr. Ron Ziolo

Ron Ziolo’s interest in chemistry and physics started when he was 8.  While in high school (Philadelphia), he was a bronze medal winner in a science fair at the Franklin Institute.  His high school was caught unaware of his participation and learned of it the next day in the Philadelphia Inquirer, which had quite a spread on the event.  In college at UCLA Ron had the privilege to work for Prof. Willard Libby in his carbon dating lab, with Prof. John Wasson in a student NSF project on neutron activation analysis of meteorites and with Prof. J.D. McCullough where he learned how to do single-crystal X-ray structure analysis.  Ron completed his B.S. in Chemistry at the University of California – Los Angeles in 1966.  Ron returned to Philadelphia to marry Nina (1967), where he also worked on his Ph.D. in Physical Inorganic Chemistry at Temple University from 1966-70 (degree in January 1971). 

Ron joined Prof. Harry Gray for a postdoc in Bioinorganic Chemistry at Caltech (1971-2) where he and his wife had the pleasure of meeting a lot of fantastic people and renowned scientists.  In his first few months at Caltech, Ron wanted to do a low temperature X-ray crystal structure.  The only facility was Linus Pauling’s meat locker kept at 10 C that he used for ‘low temperature’ studies.  Ron got his winter coat and started collecting film data (!) for the structure.  Prof. Feynman was often available in the Athenaeum for good chats.  Mark Wrighton (’72) and Ron became friends during his stay; he went on to MIT to become provost and then chancellor of Washington University, St. Louis. 

            In 1972 Ron joined the Xerox Corporation as a scientist and made his entry into nanoscale materials and nanocomposites in about 1973.  Back then such materials were called inhomogeneous materials by physicists who appeared to be the only ones studying them.  Of course, the colloid chemists had been studying nanomaterials for decades.  The materials Ron prepared and studied all showed unusual properties, later attributed to quantum confinement effects.  Over the years, Ron’s research activities at Xerox grew more and more inter- and multi- disciplinary and collaborations grew by leaps and bounds.  At one point, they established a successful business venture within Xerox based on a unique aqueous ferrofluid that Ron had prepared early on.  The research resulted in the production of the first known, machine usable, colored magnetic materials. To this day, the material still holds the record for the most optically transparent material at room temperature with a sizable magnetic moment and was subsequently used by ESA in a key experiment aboard the now defunct MIR space station.  Their buckyball research earned Xerox some of the first U. S. Patents on the material.  Ron spent time with Rick Smalley at Rice (who loved discussing the ferrofluids) and with Don Huffman in his labs at the University of Arizona who got the ball rolling when he reported the solubility of buckyballs. 

            Toward the end of Ron’s career at Xerox, he and a colleague (Prof. Javier Tejada) established the only successful corporate-university R&D alliance that became known as the University of Barcelona Xerox (UBX) Laboratory which had a focus on nanoscale magnetic materials.  The lab quickly formed the nucleus of the university’s successful venture into the nano world.  From there Ron agreed to join a Mexican National lab, known as CIQA (Centro de Investigacion en Quimica Aplicada) for one year to help organize magnetic research nationally.  The rest is history:  Ron is now in his 11th year there doing nanoscience and technology and enjoying friends, students and colleagues alike.  Ron has authored or co-authored over 100 publications and been included on over 45 patents.

            During his career, Ron perfromed as author, educator, inventor, administrator lab director, consultant and entrepreneur, and on occasion served as advisor and corporate board member. His recent activities include:  Research Scientist, Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder (2016)Visiting Scholar, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Akron (2006 - present), Visiting Scientist, CICbiomaGUNE Laboratory, San Sebastian, Spain, Visiting Professor, Dept. of Fundamental Physics, Magnetism Group, University of Barcelona, Spain;  Co-Director, University of Barcelona Xerox (UBX) Laboratory, Barcelona, Spain (1990s, 2000s, present)Fellow of the Nacional System of Researchers, SNI Level 3, Mexico (2005 - present)Mexican Academy of Science, Mexico (2005 - present)Member of the College of Chemistry Professors of Mexico, Mexico (2005 - present)Alpha Chi Sigma, Beta Gamma ’66 (Life Member)and Sigma Xi (Life Member).  Ron continues to receive significant funding in the areas of Quantum Dot Polymer Nanocomposites as well as the Health Impact of Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticles.  He is actively involved in research in Europe, Mexico, and the US (primarily Ohio, Colorado, California, and Texas).

            Ron and his wife are still based in Webster, but only spend a few weeks there.  They raised three daughters and have 3 grandchildren spread around the US (California and Colorado).

Ken Schlecht

2015 Biographies for 50-Year ACS Members

Dr.Reuben Hayes Bell

Reuben Hays Bell was born in April 1942 in Lamartine, PA and graduated from Keystone High School (Knox, PA) in 1960.  ‘Hays’ received his BS in Chemistry from Grove City College (Pennsylvania) in 1964.  This was followed by an MS (1967) and PhD (1969) at The Ohio State University.  The title of his dissertation (Prof. Derek Horton, thesis adviser) was: ‘Synthesis of Thio Sugars: For­mation and Decomposition of Acetylated Glycosylsulfenyl Bromides.’  Dr. Bell also held a two-year NIEHS postdoctoral in toxicology and environmental health at the Kettering Laboratory, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati (1974-76).

His industrial career began in 1969 with the Exploratory Research Department at Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. in Granville, Ohio.  He then became supervisor of the Life Safety Systems Laboratory (1976-78).  Hays moved to Washington, DC (1978-82) where he served as director of the Technical Sup­port Directorate of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) providing advice to different regions of the country.

The next phase of Dr. Bell’s career was with Eastman Kodak serving in different capacities within the Health, Safety and Envi­ronment fields.  From 1982-84, he was tech­nical adviser to the directors of Health, Safety and Environment Labs (HAEL).  Hays suc­cessively became manager of Technical Issues in HAEL (1984-86), director of HAEL(1986-89) and director and vice-president of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE, 1989-92).  He then became a corporate vice-president of Eastman Kodak with responsibil­ity for global HSE (1992-2004).

Hays has been credited as author or co-author of 15 publications and awarded 11 patents.  He has also served as adjunct pro­fessor, University of Rochester Medical School, Department of Environmental Medi­cine, as well as the Department of Health, University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Bell has contributed his skills to numerous organizations, notably The Nature Conservancy, where he served as Chairman of the Board, Central and Western New York Region (2004-2006).

Hays met his wife, Karen, at Grove City College.  She received a MS at Ohio State and has had careers in education and business.  They have 2 children, Amy and Jeff, and 5 grandchildren.

Max M. Boudakian


 Frederick Hoffman

Frederick Hoffman was born in Canandaigua, NY in 1938 and grew up there.  When he was 11 years old, he received a Gilbert Chemistry set that sparked an interest in chemistry and launched his future career in chemistry.

In 1957, when the world was watching the Russian Sputnik satellite, Fred entered the Rochester Institute of Technology and quickly flunked out with no effort at all.  In 1966 he graduated with a B.A. in chemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo with much effort.

Fred is proud to have been a bench chemist and has directed his career in order to stay at the bench where “chemistry is fun.”

Fred currently lives in Avon.  Since retiring his main hobby has been his 1939 black Chevy coupe, complete with dual exhaust, whitewall tires and a larger engine.  It is the only car he owns or drives.

Fred married his wife Marie in 1979.  They have no children.  He reports that his life has been enriched by 50 years of chemistry and his loving wife of 36 years.

                                                                                                                                    John Cullen
 Thomas R. Krugh

Thomas R. Krugh was born in 1943 in Mt. Lebanon, PA (just south of Pittsburgh).  He began to enjoy science and learning how things worked from an early age.  An excel­lent high school chemistry class sealed the deal for his career.  Tom graduated from high school in 1961; he went on to the University of Pittsburgh (BS, Chemistry, 1965).  He completed his Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University, May, 1969.  His thesis, “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance of Partially Oriented Methyl Fluoride” was under his advisor, Robert A. Bernheim.  He then completed an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford with John D. Baldeschwieler (1969 – 70).  While at Stanford, Tom met his future wife Rosemary, who always goes as Rody (Row dee). 

In 1970 he joined the Chemistry De­partment at the University of Rochester as an Assistant Professor.  He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1976, and full Profes­sor in 1978.  Tom has over 80 research pub­lications.  Tom received an NIH Research Career Development Award (1976-81), an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship (1976-80), and was elected as an AAAS Fellow in 1999 (American Association for the Advancement of Science). 

 Tom held the Mercer Brugler Distin­guished Teaching Professorship (3 yr term: 1985-88).  He received the Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Teaching (1997), the Stu­dent’s Association Professor of the Year in Natural Sciences (2000 & 2004), and the University of Rochester’s Edward Peck Curtis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2008)! 

 Tom has been a member of the NIH Molecular and Cellular Biophysics Study Section (1980-84), a member of the NIH Shared Instrumentation Panels for NMR (1989-91), and Director of Undergraduate Research for the College (1996-2004).  Tom has also been active with the National Con­ference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR):  Member, Board of Governors (1997-2003), Chair of the Finance and Oper­ations Committee (1998-2002), Treasurer (2002-3), and Program Chair in 1999.  Tom also served the Rochester Section as Chair-Elect, Chair, and Past-Chair from 1994-1996.  Tom has also been on several external advi­sory committees at various universities.

Over the years, Tom has had many interesting travels for both work and pleasure.  In August 1972, he presented a paper at the IVth International Biophysics Congress, Moscow, (USSR at that time); it was quite an experience for Rody and Tom to go behind the Iron Curtain.  Post-symposium they signed up to visit Kiev and Leningrad (St. Petersburg).  Less than two years later Tom was invited to a symposium in Jerusalem, and after experiencing the excellent security of El Al airlines, he was not surprised to find soldiers with weapons at the ready walking through theTel Aviv airport.  All went well, and he readily accepted invitations to two subse­quent Jerusalem symposia. 

A highlight of his travels came from a 1986 invitation to participate in a Pontifical Academy of Sciences Study Group on the Interaction of Carcinogens Drugs with DNA held at The Vatican in October, 1986.  The twenty or so participants had the honor of a private audience with Pope John Paul, II, and the Vatican provided a photograph of each participant shaking hands with the Pope.  It was quite an experience, and his parents loved having a copy of the photo souvenir.

Tom and his wife of 45 years, Rody, go to Jackson, Wyoming a couple of times each year to visit their son, Bradley, and his family (including 2 granddaughters)

Ken Schlecht


2014 Biographies for 50-Year ACS Members 


Dr. Eric R. Brown 

Eric R. Brown was born in Ithaca, NY and moved with his family to the Detroit area while in high school where he graduated in 1959.  He attended Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, graduating in 1963 with a BS degree in Chemistry.  During one summer he worked for Universal Oil Co. (now UOP) in their catalyst pilot plant, doing analyses of catalyst bead formulations and initial hydrocarbon products obtained there from.  After graduation he worked the summer at DuPont in Flint, Michigan where they made automotive paints for General Motors.  He worked on a computer program creating recipes to match paint colors using DuPont’s library of pigment formulations.  He also mixed formulations and spray coated chips to verify the spectral accuracy of the recipes.

He attended graduate school at Northwestern University and earned a PhD in Analytical Chemistry doing research on modern electrochemical techniques such as cyclic voltammetry and AC polarography.  The work included designing and building instrumentation to carry out such experiments, especially on short time frames.  He also met his wife, Carolyn, at Northwestern when she was an undergraduate in the Kellog School of Business.

In 1967 Eric joined the Color Photography Lab in the Kodak Research Labs where he worked initially applying electrochemical methods to the study of p-Phenylenediamines used in the color-forming process of color film and paper.  Later years were devoted to similar electrochemical as well as spectral measurements of the chemical kinetics coupled to the oxidation of many classes of organic reducing agents used in color photography, including color instant and color reversal technology.  During his last years at Kodak, he worked on color processing formulations to find a biodegradable replacement for the common iron-binding agent, EDTA, for use in rapid processing formulations for both color film and color paper.

Eric retired in 2001 after 34 years in the Research Labs, but continues to enjoy living in Webster, even in the winter!  He make maple syrup in his son’s woods in Wayne County in the late winter in a small sugar shack he built a few years ago, tapping only a few of his many trees.  During the spring, summer and fall he plays golf three or so times a week.  He and Carolyn also garden flowers and vegetables, but the deer are becoming more of a problem every year.  Another son lives in California, so they visit him in the spring and his family comes to see them on holidays and school vacations.  In the last two years they have visited Alaska, Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands, and plan other such trips in the future.

L. Allen


 Dr. Susan Starr Collier

Susan Starr Collier was born on November 5, 1939 in Washington D.C., where her father worked for the Federal Government.  After graduating from High School, she attended Cornell University and graduated with an A.B. in Chemistry (1961).  She did graduate work at the University of Rochester with Prof. A. Duncan on the Photochemistry of Benzene with a Graduate Fellowship of Elon Huntington Hooker, and earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1966.  From 1966 to 1969, she did post-doctoral work with Prof. J. G. Calvert at Ohio State University on the Physical Photochemistry of small molecules including sulfur dioxide, oxygen, carbon monoxide and azoalkanes, as reported in 5 scientific publications.

She joined the Emulsion Research Division of the Eastman Kodak Research Laborato­ries, where she worked on various aspects of spectral and chemical sensitization of silver halide emulsions, photoconductivity and luminescence of silver halide emulsions as well as disper­sions of other photosensitive elements.  She continued her mechanistic work until she began working on readable CDs and other optical recording devices.  As the program progressed, the emphasis on its chemical aspects decreased and a “downsizing” in staff led to Susan’s retire­ment in 1999.

Throughout her career, Susan was always active in the ACS, both locally and nationally.  She served on the Advisory Committee of Dwight D. Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Education Grant at Geneses Community College in Batavia.  From 1990-2000; she served on the Advisory Board of the Glen T. Seaborg Center for Teaching and Learning at Northern Michi­gan, Marquette, Michigan.  She was elected by the Rochester Section to the Council of the ACS; she served on the Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs from 1995-1999; she was elected to the ACS Council to the Committee on Nominations and Elections from 1983-1987 and from 1989-1994; she served on:  the ACS Committee on Science (1986-1991); the Committee on Committees (1977-1982); the ACS Women Chemists Committee (1970-75) and as its Chair (1973-75).  Susan was also active in The Society for Imaging Science and Technol­ogy, was Associate Editor of the Journal of Photographic Science and Engineering (1981- 85), and was elected a Fellow in the Society of Imaging Science and Technology in 1984.

For her work for the ACS, Susan was the 1985 Awardee of the Rochester Section of the ACS in “recognition of Outstanding Services to the Society”. 

During both her academic and industrial career, Susan maintained a great interest in teaching.  From 1961-64, she was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Roches­ter; in 1967 she was a lecturer in Freshman Chemistry at Ohio State.  From 1998-99, she was a Tutor and an Adjunct Faculty at Genesee Community College.  In 1999 she was Adjunct Profes­sor at Nazareth College.  From 1999-present, she is Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at SUNY - The College at Brockport.  Susan credits her activities at the ACS with providing her the con­tacts within Academia. 

In 2002, Susan was awarded the College at Brockport Educational Opportunity Program Honors Certificate, and in 2011 she was elected a College at Brockport Educational Opportunity Program Friend “For her dedication and generosity to the students in our program”.

In retirement, Susan continues to live on her farm in LeRoy, where she has two horses and two cats; she describes the Community as kind and supportive of each other; she started to hike the Finger Lakes Trail and its branches, and finished the main trail, 558 miles in 2008 and the 312 miles of branch trails in 2009.  She wore out 3 pairs of hiking boots.  She enjoys riding and maintains contacts with members of her extended family, across the U.S.

Dan Daniels



 Victor L. Mylroie

Victor L. Mylroie was born on Feb 7, 1937 to George and Alice Mylroie in Ogden, Utah.  The family moved to Wyoming and then to southern Idaho where Victor graduated from Preston High School (1955).  He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from March 1957 to March 1959, then enrolled at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  He earned his BS in Chemistry (1965), worked for a year, and then returned to Brigham Young University for a Masters in Education (Permanently Certified Teacher in Chemistry, Math, and Science in NY State).  Vic also took advanced courses in catalysis at Colby College in New Hampshire. 

Vic accepted a job with Eastman Kodak (in 1974) as a Development Engineer and worked in the High Pressure Laboratory doing catalytic hydrogenations in organic synthesis.  From there he transferred to a research group for several years then returned to the High Pressure Laboratory to direct the work there.  He also worked on procedures for the economic recovery of precious metals and developed working processes for the flow of chemicals.  In 1983 he was promoted to a Senior Chemist and Manager where he managed a catalytic hydrogenation lab in research, process development and production of key chemicals for film dyes, couplers and developers.  Vic contributed to multi-million dollars savings for Kodak.  He also worked on medical product chemicals for Kodak’s blood analysis systems.  Eastman was undergoing a great downsizing: the High Pressure group was downsized and eventually the work was sent to China, but the China group could not do it so it was returned.  (He very much enjoyed his work at Eastman Kodak.)  By then Vic had accepted a job at Delphi, a division of General Motors, where he actually worked for a company named D. A. Stuart, a leader in oils and the kind of chemicals that Delphi used.  Vic was there about 7 or 8 years and was released when Delphi declared bankruptcy.  He then accepted a job in Geneva, NY working for Zotos, an affiliate of Schiseido, a Japanese company specializing in hair care products.  Victor is currently working in the quality lab.

Victor has been involved in at least 6 patents and has co-authored 5 publications in the areas of hydrogenation and catalysis, in addition to numerous proprietary company reports.  Victor has also presented papers at the New York Academy of Science (his first one in 1970) and The Organic Reactions Catalysis Society.  In addition to being a member of the American Chemical Society, Victor has been a member or affiliate of the New York Academy of Science, the Society of Photographic Scientists and Engineers, the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society (currently on the Executive Board), the North American Catalysis Society, and the Society of Heterocyclic Chemistry.

Victor and his wife, Gloria and have 5 children (3 boys and 2 girls). All completed missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and graduated from college.  They are all married and live mostly in the west with one family in South Africa.  That family was previously in Hanoi, Viet Nam and another family in Tokyo, Japan.  They have 17 grandchildren.  Vic and his wife recently celebrated their 52nd Anniversary!

Victor has been very active in the Boy Scouts of America:  Executive Board (1985-91), Chairman, Arrowhead District (1985-91), Scoutmaster/leader at Boy Scout Camp (22 years), Scoutmaster for several Camparees including the National Jamboree in 1989.  Vic has completed the highest training for adult leaders (Wood Badge).  Vic is also a very active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 

While in his youth Vic loved to ride and brake horses, fish and hunt and backpack.  He’s climbed the highest peak in Utah and also in New York.  He got in the habit of photography while working at Eastman Kodak.  He also loves to read historical documentaries, garden, and spend time with family and grandchildren. 

Ken Schlecht



 Dr. James E. Oberholtzer

James E. Oberholtzer was born in 1942 in a farmhouse in Elizabethtown, PA (about 20 miles southeast of Harrisburg).  Jim attended a one-room schoolhouse through 6th grade and graduated E-town High in 1960.  He attended Drexel University majoring in electrical engineering for one year.  He returned to live at home, worked in a local gas station at night and attended Elizabethtown College.  He completed his BS in Chemistry there in 1964.  From there he went to Purdue University where his Major Professor was Dr. Lockhart “Buck” Rogers.  In the summer of 1966 he worked as an intern at Lawrence Livermore Labs; they gave him a computer to take back to Purdue which he hooked up to a mass spectrometer (the first doctoral student to do that).  Jim completed his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry in November of 1968. 

Jim met his wife-to-be, Jennie, in September 1965; she was a German/English major.  They were married on June 18, 1967, Jim’s 25th birthday!  Jennie completed her MA in teaching.

They moved to the Boston area (Belmont & Lexington, MA) where Jim worked as an analytical chemist for Arthur D. Little in Cambridge for 16 years.  After that he worked for Waters in Milford, MA for 7 years.  Jim maintained his association with several graduate school friends who ended up working at Kodak; that proved to be the link that brought Jim to Rochester and employment at Kodak for 9 years in August, 1991.  Jim worked on silver coatings for film during those turbulent years at Kodak.

In 2000 Jim suggested to Jennie that he thought they could afford to retire.  Jennie was skeptical, but after several appointments with financial planners, she agreed.  Jim and Jennie have two sons and now 5 grandchildren located in Chicago, IL, and Los Angeles, CA.  In retirement they’ve been able to travel to visit their children and grandchildren for several weeks at a time, as well as trips to Kenya & Tanzania, Germany, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, D-Day Landing sites, Loire Valley and a boat trip down the Danube River.  Unfortunately, Jim had a stroke last December, followed by another one this past June. Consequently, their travels have been severely curtailed.  Jim and Jennie still live in their home in Fairport.

Ken Schlecht


 Amrutlal B. Patel

Amrutlal B. Patel was born in India in 1942.  He enjoyed “mixing chemicals” in his youth as many of us did.  He was interested in Chemical Engineering but those programs were very difficult to get into.  He completed his BSc in Chemistry with a minor in Physics.  In March 1963 he came to the U.S. on a student visa and entered the Chemical Engineering program at the Indiana Institute of Technology in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  Since many of his courses from India could be transferred, he was able to complete his Bachelors in Chemical Engineering in 1965. 

After graduation Amrut worked for a year for Congoleum Nairn (a few years later it became just Congoleum) in their plant in Trenton, NJ; then onto Philadelphia for 1-2 yrs working for a company that produced many heavy chemicals (alcohols, esters, etc.).  Along the way he learned of the employment clearing houses the ACS ran at National Meetings – he highly recommends them.  In the fall of 1968 he attended the National ACS Meeting in Atlantic City and interviewed with and was offered a job at Xerox.  Amrut moved to Rochester early in 1969 as a Quality Assurance Engineer.  This was a period of rapid expansion and change within Xerox (he had 10 different managers in 10 years).  He then became an analytical chemist for over 20 years working with Gas Chromatography, Atomic Spectroscopy, etc.  He feels he was always treated well, provided with the resources he needed, and allowed to pursue his own professional development.  He finally decided he wanted to do something a bit different.  He applied for an opening in Supplier Quality Assurance.  He first worked with packaging suppliers; this involved considerable travel to supplier’s sites around the country.  Potential suppliers also had to be visited and rated; if they had shortcomings, they were told what they were.  By 1999 Xerox was downsizing and trying to get more done with fewer people.  There were originally 5 people in his area, by this time he was the only one left, he went from working with 9 suppliers, to over a hundred!  This continued to increase as he added chemical and electronic suppliers to the packaging area he started in.  He ended up being on the road (literally driving) to suppliers 2 weeks out of every month.  Fortunately, most of this was in the northeast and mid-Atlantic states.  Amrut retired in 2006.

In retirement, Amrut spends considerable time volunteering for Score (, an organization of experienced business professionals that offers counseling, business advice, and low-cost educational programs to prospective entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profits.  Amrut and his wife Mary have 3 children, 2 daughters and a son (all single and living in the Rochester area, Albany, or Jersey City).  In addition to their home in Webster, they also have a place on Honeoye Lake (since 1993) which they spend many weekends at.  Home repairs have also become a “retirement activity”.

Ken Schlecht



David L. Price

As Kodak was razing unused buildings, Photo Tech employees and retirees were invited to an “implosion party” with refreshments to watch in the parking lot as B65 and B69 came tumbling down.  Dave Price, who had worked in both buildings and also saw B9 and B23 implosions, felt it marked the end of a memorable era.

David Lynn Price was born March 22d, 1942 in East Cleveland.  Work after high school graduation included delivering radio and TV parts and a stint sorting mail on a train to Chicago.  He earned a B.S. in Chemistry (‘64) from Case Institute of Technology, where he was active in the ACS Student Affiliate and Zeta Psi, Alpha Phi Omega, and Alpha Chi Sigma fraternities.  There he organized a campus blood drive and served as an assistant scout master in local troops.  He joined ACS on graduation and in later years appreciated the knowledge gleaned from ACS lecture series and national meetings.

Hired by Bernard Hutchins into the EK Photo Tech analytical chem lab, as the Viet Nam War was ramping up, Dave was granted a government draft deferment to work on photographic processing solutions for color and B&W graphic films.  He helped develop a colorimetric autoanalyzer to detect formaldehyde levels in prehardener solutions, and then designed ways for the test data to be captured by a computer.  As computers became smaller and more efficient, he developed data-based systems to more promptly provide automatic pH and photo solution component level readouts.  Later, in the Image Stability Lab, work progressed from Kodacolor, Kodachrome, and Ektachrome to reversal papers and inkjet printer ink compositions.  The 1999 Y2K scare jolted efforts to insure that sufficient computer code room was provided to avoid snafus.  Dave retired from Kodak on December 1st, 2000.

Dave has long been generous with his time in volunteer work.  Remembering how much he learned in scouting, he spent eight years as a scout leader as his boys were growing up and the family enjoyed camping and sailing.  At Bethany Presbyterian Church he has served on session and the properties committee and as contributions secretary.  He also helps on the Greece ecumenical food shelf and in Habitat for Humanity projects.  Each year he assists people in tax preparation three times a week under an AARP program at the Greece Town Hall.  The IRS provides the 16 computers, software, and training to a group of 25 volunteers.

Dave and his wife Judy were married on Long Island in 1969 and have 3 grown sons, 2 daughters-in-law and 6 grandchildren.  Jeff works at Wegmans, Jim is an engineer for the SUNY Buffalo campus, and Dan is a computer software engineer in a cell phone advertising process and serves as a scoutmaster.  Judy has a Cornell degree, taught home economics at Churchville-Chili Jr. High, worked for Cornell Cooperative Extension, and now teaches Cornell Extension food preservation workshops across NY.  For several years they spent a month in Sarasota Florida.  They still enjoy travel and have participated in a dozen Road Scholar excursions – including the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, Panama Canal and the Caribbean, and western US national parks.  Dave sails a 19 foot boat at Braddocks Bay.  A highlight was their recent Christmas in July family reunion at Jellystone Park south of Buffalo.  He’s proud to show off family photos and his prized collection of Kodak cameras spanning decades.  Now Dave celebrates his 50th Case Western reunion in addition to 50 years as an ACS member. 

J. Dolf Bass



 Bernard Roy Quinn, Sr.

Bernard Roy Quinn, Sr. was born in May 1939 at Park Avenue Hospital in Rochester, NY.  He grew up in Sweden, NY and graduated from Brockport High School.  Bernie received his B.S. in Chemistry from RIT in 1962.  He vividly recalls his first test as a RIT Freshman:  A+ for the written part; F for problem-solving due to his unfamiliarity with the slide rule!   His RIT Co-Op assignments were all with Rochester Gas & Electric (RG&E).

            RG&E hired Bernie after graduation from RIT and remained with them until his retirement in 1994.  His professional career focused initially on water treatment and boiler and feed water analysis working out of the Chemical Laboratory in the Gas Department.

            When RG&E decided to build R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant, Bernie was sent to the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) where he earned a MS in Environmental Health Sciences with emphasis on Radiological Health.  After on-the-job training at the Savannah River plant of the AEC operated by DuPont, he returned to RG&E and was assigned to the Electric Production Dept. as a Health Physicist.  He conducted a radiation safety program for personnel, and set up a radiochemistry lab to identify and quantify radioactive isotopes using chemical separations, Gamma spectroscopy, and liquid scintillation.  He also sampled and analyzed all liquid and gaseous effluents as well as calibrating the continuous monitors used to quantify these effluents.  Bernie conducted a radiological environmental survey program consisting of a ring of monitoring stations around Ginna that were compared to a ring a few miles away to look for statistical differences.  He was at Ginna for about 20 years.  He then transferred to the Nuclear Engineering Dept. as the Corporate Health Physicist rewriting the radiation safety program to conform to new regulations. He retired in 1994.

After a year of consulting, he was hired as Health Physicist at the University of Rochester Medical Center and later became the Radiation Safety Officer.  He performed Quality Assurance testing on all radiation producing devices and audited Nuclear Medicine and Radiology Departments.  He retired from there in 2002.

            Bernie is Professionally Certified in Comprehensive Health Physics and Nuclear Power Plant Health Physics.  He is also certified by New York State to test X-Ray machines.  He is a licensed Medical Physicist in diagnostic radiology.  In addition to the American Chemical Society, Bernie is a member of the Health Physics Society (both local and national).  He has co-authored several articles published in the Journal of Health Physics.

            Bernie’s military experience included six years in the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army Reserves.  Since his retirement, Bernie has worked part time as a Consultant in Radiation Safety to Cardinal Health and performs QA testing of X-Ray machines. 

            Bernie and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, have been married for 45 years and live in Penfield, NY. They have 4 sons, each in different occupations: Sales (Paychex); Professional Golfer; Music Teacher; and, Electronics Technician (Harris RF Communications).  They have also been blessed with two grandchildren.  Bernie has a strong passion for golf.  His wife, Mary Elizabeth, has used her artistic skills in various business applications.

Max M. Boudakian



Dr. David M. Teegarden

David M. Teegarden was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1941. He entered the Ohio Wesleyan University in 1959, graduating with an A.B. in chemistry in 1963, having worked on thin layer chromatography.  He then went on to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, earning his M.S. and then PhD. in organic chemistry in 1969 after research on the rearrangements of bridged bicyclic terpenes. 

Dave then taught general and organic chemistry, first in the University of Wisconsin system (Platteville) and then at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, for a total of about 17 years. 

While at Fisher, he took an industrial sabbatical at Xerox Corporation, learning polymer chemistry and synthesis under the excellent mentorship of Dr. Tom Smith.  This led him away from academe in 1986 to the Corporate Research Laboratory of the Eastman Kodak Company, where he did research with many excellent colleagues for almost 25 years, working on compatible polymer blends to obtain desired properties and functional polymers for ink jet printing inks and receivers. 

He devoted a portion of his time leading workshops for high school teachers and students on the importance of polymers in our lives, and writing a textbook, Polymer Chemistry: Introduction to an Indispensable Science (National Science Teachers Association Press, 2004). 

Dave retired in 2010, and lives in Pittsford with his wife Carole.  They have two grandchildren.  Since retiring, Dave has taken up the double bass, playing classical and jazz in an organization for “mature adults” called New Horizons.  That, along with volunteering and chasing grandchildren, fills most days.

Norman Allentoff

2013 Biographies for 50-Year ACS Members 


 Dr. James Wallace Brown III

Dr. James Wallace Brown III was born in Savannah Ga. where he spent the first 15 years of his life.  His family moved to Bayonne N.J. where he finished high school.  He attended St. Peter’s College  in New Jersey where he majored in Chemistry.  In his senior year, he was the President of the Students’ Affiliate Chapter of Collins Chemical Society.  
Jim was employed as a Quality Control Chemist at P. Ballantine & Sons (1959-60).  He joined the New Jersey National Guard (1960-63) and saw 6 months of active duty in Fort Sill Oklahoma as a fire-control specialist collecting data on Howitzers (he continued  in the Army Reserves until 1966).  He was with the Organic Chemistry Division of Squibb working on Steroids with A.J. Bose from 1960-63.  When the Director, Joseph Fried, left for academia, Jim went with him to The Ben May Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Chicago (1963-67).  Jim then enrolled in the Steven Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ) obtaining his Ph.D. (1973) under the supervision of Magyar Manhas, on the synthesis of heterocyclic steroids.
Jim joined the Research Labs of the Eastman Kodak in 1972, at first in the Dye Synthesis Group where he worked on yellow filter dyes and the incorporation of filter dyes in polymeric lattices.  He later worked in the Color Instant program including attempts to develop instant transparencies.  Then he spent 2 years working on improving Ektachrome; he then joined the Motion Picture program where he worked on improving Eastman Color Print and a universal color bleach.  He later did some work on incorporating silver halide chemistry into digital photography.  It was discovered that he suffered from cardio-myopathy, when he was on short-term and later long-term disability and retired in 1997.
He married in 1963 and had 3 children (this marriage ended in divorce).  In 1980 he married Cheryl Boozer with whom he recently celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary.
In retirement, he keeps busy with yard work, listening to music (mostly classical and Jazz) and reading (mostly politics or International affairs, though he admits to growing increasingly disenchanted with politics) and visiting his 7 grandchildren, most of whom are grown now.
When asked what he would do differently if he had to do over again, he admitted that he felt very fortunate about the way turned out for him; but he probably would have attended Graduate School immediately after graduating from College.  There is a possibility that he might have majored in Political Science or International
Relations.  ( Dan Daniels)


 Dr. Richard Eisenberg

Richard Eisenberg is the Tracy H. Harris Professor of Chemistry at the University of Rochester.  Eisenberg earned his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Columbia University in 1963 and 1967.  He taught at Brown University for the next six years, before joining the Rochester faculty, where he was promoted to full professor in 1976.  He was chair of the Chemistry Department from 1991 to 1994.
Eisenberg's research has focused on inorganic and organometallic chemistry, photochemistry, and catalysis.  He is a specialist in the chemistry of converting light into chemical energy.  These interests have paved the way for his current work developing catalysts for artificial photosynthesis systems that could lead to more efficient and environmentally friendly production of hydrogen fuel from water.
Eisenberg is the Editor-in-Chief of Inorganic Chemistry, the leading journal in its field.  He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society, as well as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Eisenberg has earned numerous awards throughout his career, including; the Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry by the American Chemical Society (2011), with former student Pingwu Du; the University of Rochester's Lifetime Achievement Award in Graduate Education (2010); the Morley Medal from the Cleveland Section of the American Chemical Society (2007); and the American Chemical Society Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry (2003).
One of his priorities has been the training of future chemists.  Eisenberg mentored more than eighty Ph.D. and postdoctoral research students, as well as numerous undergraduates.
Eisenberg has been married to the former Marcia Landau for 45 years.  Together they have two sons, Alan and Rob.  (John Cullen)



 Dr. Jose Fernandez

Dr. Jose Fernandez was born in La Coruna, in that part of Spain known as Galicia.  He came to the U.S. at age 12, attending the Brooklyn Technical High School from 1952 until his graduation in 1956.  He then attended the City College of New York, mostly in evening classes because of his working as a lab technician at Evans Research and Development to help with the financial needs of his family.  
Jose received his BS in chemistry in August of 1963 and went on to Yale, receiving his PhD in organic chemistry in June of 1968, having worked on benzyne chemistry with Prof. Wasserman.  He joined the Color Photography Division of the Kodak Research Laboratories in 1968, synthesizing color couplers and image transfer chemicals, and then served as the chemical coordinator in the Health, Safety and Human Factors laboratory from 1978 to 1982.  For the last ten years until his retirement in1992 he was the manager of doctoral recruitment in the Research Laboratories.  
He has been married to Eileen for 48 years and they have two children, both now college professors, and two grandchildren.  Jose is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi; he volunteers for tutoring in the public schools, and volunteers with the Rochester Global Connections organization hosting students from overseas.  He has a passion for traveling and has visited most of South America, some of Asia and much of Europe.  At home he enjoys the YMCA and finds long walks relaxing.
(Norman Allentoff)


Dr. Jan Raymond Haase

Jan Raymond Haase was born on June 24, 1941 in Buffalo N.Y., where he completed his early education.  He then attended the University of Buffalo, majoring in Chemistry.  He credits Professor Pete Lansbury’s mechanistic approach to teaching, for orienting him toward Organic Chemistry.  After graduating, Jan worked for the Union Carbide Company in Tarrytown, N.Y. for two years; he took some night courses at New York University and later enrolled in the graduate program where he worked under the supervision of Carlton Dickerman on the synthesis of bi-and tetra-phenylated anthracenes.
It was there that he was introduced to a paper by L.G.S. Brooker; this may have been a factor in his joining the Sensitizing Dye Synthesis Laboratory of the Eastman Kodak Research Laboratories.  His initial assignment was an investigation of photochromic Dyes.  After a short period in the Silver Halide Photochemistry Laboratory, he worked on the synthesis of imaging dyes for the Color Instant Program, becoming first a Group Leader and then a Laboratory Head, first in the Emulsion Research Division and later in the Color Instant Photography Division.
His career took a major turn when he started working with Bob Tuite on aspects of diversification, mainly the application of chemical technology to new business ventures.  In this capacity, he was exposed to aspects of biotechnology and electronics, as well as business planning; he found this exposure very helpful to his activities after his retirement in 1997.
After graduating from College, he married Carole Schrack; they recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary.  Together, they have two daughters and three grandchildren.
In retirement Jan has done some consulting; now that he and Carole spend their winters in Central Florida, he spends some time in leading book-club discussions among the Villages Senior Communities, which has sparked an interest in Cosmology.  He also enjoys fishing, reading and visiting his daughters and grandchildren.  (Dan Daniels)



 Dr. Lewis Hamilton

Dr. Lewis Hamilton married the love of his life, Susan, in 1961.  He then went on to earn a BS in Chemistry from Ohio State University followed by a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at the same school.  
From 1967 – 70 he worked in the photochemical research group at Proctor and Gamble.  In 1970 he began his dream in the Color Photography Division at the Eastman Kodak Research Laboratory where he designed polymers for dye mobilization.  He later went on to lead a group in the manufacture of Kodacolor film and later used nanotechnology to make sensitizing dyes.  
He retired from Kodak in 1998 and then served as a consultant at Ameritherm, in Scottsville, NY.  He later worked in tax preparation at H&R Block.  Since 2008 he has been a volunteer tax preparer for AARP and the IRS.  Lew spends time in retirement following his investments, home repair and rose gardening and especially enjoys his four granddaughters, ages 9 – 14.  (Lew Allen)



 Dr. Monica Minton

Dr. Monica Minton was born in Rochester and attended St. Monica's Grammar School and Nazareth Academy.  At Nazareth College, she earned her BS degree in chemistry (1961), followed by her PhD in physical chemistry at Fordham University (1966) for her work on phase studies of clathrate compounds, under Prof. Norman O. Smith. 

She taught chemistry at Nazareth College for four years (1966-70), then went on to a post-doctorate year (1970-71) at the Imperial College London, working on ice clathrates with Prof. R. M. Barrer.  She returned to teaching chemistry and related subjects at the Fordham Preparatory School (1972-76) and at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan (1976-77), both at the high school level.  1977-81 were spent teaching at Belmont Abbey College near Charlotte, N.C., where she was active in the local ACS section. 

From 1977 until her retirement in 2007 she taught at Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y.  While in N.C. she became interested in, and taught, environmental science, finally earning her MS in environmental health science at Brooklyn Polytechnic (1989) during her time at Marymount. 

Following retirement, she returned to Rochester, where she has a sister and other family members.  Her main interest is frequent travel.  (Norman Allentoff)


Dr. Franklin Saeva

Dr. Franklin Saeva’s career spanned years both at Xerox and Kodak.  He grew up in Rochester, a 1956 graduate of the old East High School.  He received a B.S. in Chemistry from Bucknell University in 1960.  He worked a couple of years in Rochester before entering graduate school at SUNY Buffalo, where he worked with Prof. P. T. Lansbury, and finished in 1968.  He followed with a year as a post-doc research associate under Prof. Kurt Mislow at Princeton.

Frank joined the research staff at Xerox in 1968 and worked extensively in liquid crystal research, which produced numerous published papers.  He edited a book, Liquid Crystals- The Fourth State of Matter, in 1979.  Toward the end of this time at Xerox he began teaching a course in Advanced Organic Chemistry as an adjunct professor of chemistry at the University of Rochester, 1978-81.

In 1979 Frank joined the Chemistry Division of the Kodak Research Labs.  His work there was in photochemistry, in particular photochemistry of photoacid compounds.  The research was wide-ranging in this field and resulted in many published papers.  It also led to a product in 1995, a thermally activated Litho Plate, imaged with an IR laser.  Frank for his contribution and the Litho Plate itself each received awards the next year.  It continues in extensive use in the printing industry for an extensive range of uses including newspapers to labels.  He continued in this photochemistry work at Kodak, mostly under his own direction, until his retirement in 2003.

In all, Frank’s career produced 68 published papers.  He was invited to make 63 presentations all over the country and the world and has been a contributor to 38 US Patents.  He gives great credit for aid in his career to his wife Irene and several associates that helped him along the years.

Frank and Irene have lived in a home in a beautiful part of Webster for over 40 years.  They have three daughters who are in accomplished careers as an analytic manager, a graphic designer and a commercial architect.  Frank is in good health and still actively playing golf and tennis.  (Gene Oliver)


 Dr. Joe Thomas Stone

Joe Thomas Stone liked to mix things together as a kid to see what would happen.  A shy only child, he was inspired by high school math and chemistry teachers who tried to bring him out of his shell.  Although named valedictorian, Joe was too embarrassed to address his 500 member class so another student gave the speech.  He went on to earn a BS in Chemistry (’63) at Harvey Mudd College and a PhD in Organic Chemistry (’67) and postdoctorate year at University of Washington.  His grad work under Prof. Pocker involved studies of enzyme kinetics, ester hydrolysis, and carbonate to CO2 conversion in the lungs.  He worked two summers at Whittaker Corp on batteries for space exploration.

Joe joined the Photographic Research Division of the Kodak Research Labs in 1968.  His studies included development mechanisms and silver behenate dry processing for microfilm and microfiche.  He also worked on TriX and graphic arts films, but his favorite was a portable Xray film for the World Health Organization which required minimum water for development.  By 1990 he was in emulsion science training to improve 100 speed reversal film and T-grain sensitization.  Kodak cutbacks resulted in his being “deselected” (retired) in 1998.

Joe and Gail were married in 1963 and raised two sons who now work as programmers and web designers.  Gail taught math to special needs kids at Rochester’s Norman Howard School.  Joe is well-known in the Webster area as an environmental activist and for his 15 year service on the Webster Conservation Board, evaluating all town development projects and walking trail sites for the open space program.  He and Gail live on a 26 acre wooded lot near a creek and ponds.  In 1976 they built a redwood home there. 

Joe enjoys gardening, woodworking, and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.  Earlier he helped with Indian Guides, then headed an education unit and taught Sunday school at the Webster Baptist Church.  The Stones love to travel and have visited 40 countries and half of the national parks, taking pictures on hard disc and film.  They enjoy in-depth experiences in the life and foods of each culture and took Spanish lessons in Quito, Ecuador.  Their gift of attracting friends in each country resulted in their being honorary grandparents to a family of Vietnamese children after a 3-week tour of Vietnam in 2003.  This November they will be off to Myanmar. (J. Dolf Bass)



 Dr. Edward Walsh

Dr. Edward Walsh was born in Waterbury, Connecticut and grew up in the nearby town of Prospect.  He completed his B.S. in Chemistry in 1963 at Yale University - "just 20 minutes down the road".   After college he married Lea Ringenberg, and less than a month after their marriage they moved to Madison, Wisconsin where he studied for his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin – Madison (working on thermal rearrangements).  This was followed by a NIH post doc at Cornell University (where he worked on photochemical rearrangements).  In the late 1960’s Ed interviewed at the Kodak Research Labs.  He attended the U.S. Open at Oak Hill Country Club, an event which helped convince him that Rochester was the place for him. 

In addition to celebrating his 50th year as an ACS member this year, Ed and Lea are celebrating their 50 years of marriage and he recently attended his 50th college reunion. 

At Kodak Ed worked on photographic systems from both the film and equipment sides.  Reflecting on his many years at Kodak, he really values the contributions made by his research group which addressed Human Factors Engineering -- a "soft science" he says  "too often neglected in product design".  During his years at Kodak he was selected as one of the scientists who presented the ever-popular “Inside Story of Color Photography” on the ACS lecture circuit.  In the early 1970’s Ed served the local section as Editor of CHEMunications.  During this time he was also a Lecturer in Organic Chemistry in the University of Rochester University College.  He was a long-standing member of the Kodak team which judged high school science projects at the International Science and Engineering Fairs. 

Ed retired from Kodak in 1998.  After retirement he became involved as an expert witness in a multi-year legal case (six months of real work!) involving one of the largest recalls in product history.  For the past eight years Ed has been involved with several Boards in the Town of Mendon and only recently stepped down from the chairmanship of the Town's Planning Board.  Ed’s immediate family is still in Western New York and he enjoys frequent visits from his three children and his six grandchildren.  Ed continues to enjoy golf several times per week (he finds it very relaxing to practice on his own golf range at their home in Mendon), tennis, hiking, skiing and snowshoeing.  (Ken Schlecht)


Dr. E-Ming Wu

Dr. E-Ming Wu was a dye researcher at Eastman Kodak for most of her career.  She was born in Shanghai, China, but went with her parents to Taiwan in 1948 prior to the Communist takeover of mainland China.  She went through the equivalent of high school and four years at Chung Hsing University in Taiwan.  After working three years at an Industrial Technological Research Institute there, she came to the United States in 1961 for graduate school at the University of Nebraska and finished a PhD in 1965.  She spent a year as a post-doc at the University of Wisconsin before joining Kodak in 1967.
E-Ming worked in the Sensitizing Dye Laboratory under Donald Heseltine for 12 years in a myriad of cyanine and other projects.  For the years that Kodak was involved in Instant Photography in the mid 70s, she worked on developing dyes attached to the imaging fragment of the image-transfer dyes in the process.  Much of the time was working with metallized dyes.  All this ended in 1986 when Polaroid won the patent controversy.  After one year in black and white photography, E-Ming returned to dyes and color-formers in color photography until her retirement in 1994.
E-Ming was a care-giver for her parents.  She retired after her mother died in 1993 to care for her father who subsequently lived to the age of 98 until 2004.  Since then, she has traveled to Egypt and five times to China and Taiwan for up to one-month stays.
    As for the present E-Ming does gardening at her home in Webster, has attended Rochester museum courses and has an exercise program.  I asked her about her Chinese language; she has spoken local dialects as well as Mandarin, which now, she says, has basically become universal in China.  (Gene Oliver)

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