John Haas Dies at 92

John C. Haas

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April 18, 2011 - Washington, DC

From Chemical & Engineering News, April 18, 2011, p. 48

By Susan J. Ainsworth

John C. Haas, 92, retired chairman of Rohm and Haas and a lifelong champion of community service, died on April 2 at his home in Villanova, Pennsylvania.

Born in Haverford, Pennsylvania, Haas was the second son of Otto Haas, cofounder of Rohm and Haas. John earned an A.B. degree at Amherst College in 1940 and an M.S. in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1942.

Haas played a crucial role in the establishment of the Chemical Heritage Foundation’s predecessor organization, the Center for the History of Chemistry, in 1982. He later served the foundation as a member of advisory boards and development committees and through a six-year term on its board of directors. He created three Haas Fellowships for visiting scholars at the Chemical Heritage Foundation: one in the history of chemical industries and two in public understanding of science. Haas was an emeritus member of ACS, who joined in 1947.

He was a founding leader of the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, a member of the Board of Governors of Temple University Health System, and a trustee emeritus of MIT. Given his lifelong passion for hiking and the outdoors, he was an avid supporter of Natural Lands Trust.

Haas is survived by his wife; daughter, Barbara; sons, David, Leonard, Frederick, and Duncan; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his brother, F. Otto Haas, in 1994.

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