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Hulbert Elmer Sipple ’43

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Hulbert Elmer Sipple ’43, February 21, 2011, in Los Angeles, California. Bert earned a BA in chemistry from Reed and became a research chemist and petroleum engineer for the Shell Chemical Company. He worked initially in the Bay Area with army ordinance, and eventually assumed responsibility for product development and petrochemicals in 11 western states. In 1952, he married Mary Retherford; that same year he studied lubrication engineering at MIT. Bert retired in 1982 after 40 years with Shell. In retirement, he and Mary led an active life in Long Beach and in their numerous travels. He pursued interests in skiing, golf, fishing, biking, piano, photography, ham radio, candle making, and remote-controlled airplanes. A voracious reader, he approached life with enthusiasm and a trademark joie de vivre. Survivors include Mary, a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: September 2011

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