Title and Description Page
Family Background and Early Education 1
Parents. Introduction to construction as a pipe fitter's helper. DeWitt Clinton High School. Philip Broadhurst and chemical engineering.
Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (Poly) 3
Raymond Eller Kirk and "comical" engineering. Working for Donald F. Othmer. Mentor experience. Northwood Chemical Company. Obtaining a master's degree in absentia. Financing of doctoral degree. Teaching Joseph J. Jacobs. The Northwood Project at Diamond Alkali Company. Development of the atomic bomb. Joining the United States Navy.
Vulcan-Cincinnati Incorporated 10
Acid hydrolysis of wood. Ethanol, molasses, wood, and the war effort. Decision to remain at Vulcan. Ted Wentworth. Mismanagement of Vulcan's finances. Resignation from Vulcan.
Katzen Associates International, Inc. and KATZEN International, Inc. 12
Universal Oil Products. Process Design Package. Hiring practices. Building a home office. Management philosophy. Consulting for Air Products and Chemicals Inc. Leonard P. Pool's response to "Air Products: Past, Present, and Future." Industry synergism. Reflections on Poly's engineering curricula. Consulting for Union Carbide Corporation. Becoming KATZEN International. ALCELL.
Reflections on Family and Friends 26
Meeting Selma M. Katzen. Marriage. Birth of daughter, Nancy Riedel. Selma's role in Katzen Associates. Grandchildren. Friendship with Don Othmer. Robert S. Aries. Marcia Imray. Mildred Topp Othmer. Government and philanthropic activities. Work with AIChE Foundation. Friendship with Joseph and Violet Jacobs.