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Harold J. Oatfield ’31

Harold Oatfield ’31, August 3, 1998, in Milwaukie, Oregon, where he had lived since his retirement. He attended Reed for three years and then transferred to Rice University, Houston, where he earned a BA in 1931. He earned an MS in organic chemistry from Iowa State University of Science and Technology in 1933. He worked as a chemist for the Intelligence Division, Experimental Station for E.I. Du Pont for 11 years and was a research fellow in biology at MIT in 1945–47. He was a professional associate for the division of medical science, National Research Council in 1947–51. From 1951 until his retirement in 1972, he was with Pfizer in Groton, Connecticut, where he was head of technical information services in the medical research lab for 12 years. He was a member of the American Chemical Society and many other professional associations. After retirement, he and his wife, Virginia, moved to Oregon and built a house on the site of his grandfather’s farm in Milwaukie. He was active in the Foster-Scholz Club. He is survived by his wife.

Appeared in Reed magazine: February 1999

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