After suviving the Korean War (awarded the combat infantry badge and
the Purple Heart), I entered the University of Santa Clara with the assistance of the GI bill. I graduated in 1957 with a BS in Chemistry. During that time, I did some research with Dr. Deck. After graduating, I accepted a teaching assistantship in chemistry with Saint Louis University Chem Dept. There I earned a MS and Ph.D. Upon graduating, I was recruited by duPont as a research chemist at their Experimental Station Wilmington DE. After 5 years, I moved to Sun Oil R&D near Philadelphia. There I worked on several research projects, mainly in polymer chemistry. In the course of time, I received about 35 U.S. patents. Also, I was given recognition for my work by being selected, by my company, as their candidate for the Delaware Section of the ACS research chemist of the year.
After 23 years, I retired form Sun Oil, but then took another research position with W.L. Gore for another 7 years. There I developed a novel water repellent coating. This is the company that developed Gore-Tex.
On a personal note, I married Barbara Knetl, while in Saint Louis. We have four children and eight grand children, all are doing well. I can say that with regards to my personal life as well as my professional life, I have been quite fortunate.