Title and Description Page
Family Background and Early Education 1
Growing up in Escanaba, Michigan. Parochial school. Early interest in chemistry and math.
College Education 3
Decision to attend Jordan College. Influence of professors. Laboratory work. Financial problems of Jordan College. Associate's degree in chemistry.
Early Career 7
Position as lab helper at Dow. Quality control in styrene production. Influence of Raymond Boyer. Atmosphere of Physics Lab. Work on heat stability of Saran. Attempt to stabilize polystyrene. Production of co-polymers. Writing chapters for book on styrene.
Research Career 16
Attempt at synthetic rubber. Manufacture of GRS. Impact enhancement of polystyrene. Decision not to become management. Promotions through research ranks. Work in chemotherapy. Ion exchange resins. Urethane chemistry. Styrofoam.
Management at Dow 26
Importance of management support for research. Foam business as a growth industry. Marketing products worldwide. Influence of H.H. Dow in research philosophy. Looking to market opportunities.
Final Thoughts 29
Development of composite foam system. Relationship with colleagues.