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Early Years 1
Living in Brooklyn and Cleveland. Parents. Attending junior high school in Youngstown, Ohio. Decision to attend Case Western Reserve University. Working at Youngstown Steel Door Company. Majoring in chemical engineering. Carl S. Prutton. Case environment in 1930s. Financing college.
Career Beginnings 6
Working for DuPont in electrochemicals. Niagara Falls plant. Polyvinyl chloride research. Working in production department. Missing World War II draft. Bedaux System at DuPont. Successful communication. Effect of WWII on DuPont and career. Crawford H. Greenewalt. Adiponitrile.
Moving up in DuPont 16
Becoming Assistant Director of Research. Paul Austin. Learning experiences. Moving into sales. Annual reports. Chestnut Run Laboratory. Becoming Assistant General Manager. Don Notman. Gaining responsibility. Moving into Explosives Department. Finding a buyer for DuPont's acrylonitrile process. Becoming Vice President. Changing name from Explosives Department to Polymer Intermediates Department. Dan Flood.
Career Change 27
Meeting Ralph Landau. Resigning from DuPont. Accepting appointment with U.S. Department of Defense at Pentagon. Head of oil and energy. Bill Clements. Changing management style. Organization, management, and finances within the DOD. Energy crisis. President Nixon. Working with President Ford. Leaving the DOD.
Later Career 38
Offer from Ralph Landau. Becoming President of Halcon International. Adapting to working for small company. Oxirane. Bob Bent. Setting up Oxirane's R&D department. Uniformity. CasChem. Castor oil. Cosan. ETD Technologies. Cray Computer Company. Origin of Cambrex.
Final Thoughts 50
Chemical engineers as managers. Large companies vs. small companies. Family. Computer hobbies.