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David P. Shoemaker ’42

David P. Shoemaker ’42, August 24, 1995, in Albany, Oregon. After graduating from Reed, he studied chemistry at the California Institute of Technology, earning a PhD in 1947. He was professor of chemistry at MIT from 1951 until 1970. During this time, he married Clara Brink, a fellow chemist with whom he collaborated on numerous research projects. They moved to Corvallis, Oregon, in 1970, where he became chairman of the department of chemistry at Oregon State University. He retired in 1984, and he and his wife continued to work together on research projects. He was the author of many scientific articles and coauthored a textbook in physical chemistry. He was president of the American Crystallographic Association in 1970 and was a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences. In 1986, he was named the recipient of the Howard Vollum Award for Science and Technology, in recognition of his research on X-ray crystallography. He is survived by his wife; a son, Robert Shoemaker ’78; two brothers, Frank and Sydney Shoemaker ’40; and one grandson.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 1995

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