Date: Mon, 15 May 2006 07:41:33 -0500
Reply-To: "Wood-Black, Frankie K" <Frankie.K.Wood-Black**At_Symbol_Here**CONOCOPHILLIPS.COM>
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From: "Wood-Black, Frankie K" <Frankie.K.Wood-Black**At_Symbol_Here**CONOCOPHILLIPS.COM>
Subject: Re: A Member's Death
Comments: To: Ralph Stuart

I think we should plan a Memorial Symposium for Chicago!! We will miss Steve!!! Frankie Wood-Black Cell 580-761-3703 -----Original Message----- From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Ralph Stuart Sent: Saturday, May 13, 2006 11:26 AM To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here** Subject: [DCHAS-L] A Member's Death Of interest to the division because Steve is a former chair of the CHAS Division and was active on the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety... STEPHEN SICHAK, SR. The Chicago Section has lost another wise, talented and vital colleague from its ranks. Stephen Sichak, Sr. passed away on Thursday, May, 11, 2006 in his sleep. This leaves a void in many of our lives. He will be greatly missed by his friends. His kind and patient spirit was evident to many of us as we saw him do what he enjoyed best, chemical safety with a passion. Steve was born on September 2, 1928 on the east side of Chicago. He attended St. Louis University where he received his B.S. degree in Chemistry. He also received a B.S. in microbiology from the University of Indiana. Steve began his career as a senior chemist with the Toni Division of the Gillette Company in 1956. In 1967, he was appointed Laboratory Safety Director. His career ladder included technical coordinator of product safety at Dr. Scholl, safety supervisor for ARCO and finally joining Argonne National Laboratories as a senior safety engineer. He remained there for ten years until his retirement in 1996. Steve authored and published "The Laboratory Safety Deskbook, I: A Guide to OSHA Standards". Steve joined the American Chemical Society in 1960. He became active in the Chicago Section in 1964 on the staff of the Chemical Bulletin, where he served eleven years and one year as business manager. Also during that first year, he was active on the House Committee. His true interest and passion began in 1972, when he chaired the Safety Committee for the next three years. Steve continued to be a member Safety Committee either in the role of chair or co-chair, training others and under its new name, Environmental Health and Safety. Steve had also been involved with Chemistry Day since the beginning; acting in both the role of safety and an extremely active member of the committee. In 1984-85 he was elected Chair-Elect of the Section, and succeeded to Chair in 1985-86 and Past Chair in 1986-87. He held many roles in the Section including Vice Chair (81-82), Policy Char (81-82), Office Affairs and Budget Director (81-84), Professional Relations (72-73) and Nominating Committee (02). Steve has also served the Section faithfully as a director for fifteen years and as an alternate councilor from 74-79 and finally as a councilor from 1980 until his passing. As seriously as he took his duties to the Section, he was also extremely active at the National level. Steve represented the Section as a councilor for twenty five years, at which time he served on Chemical Safety (Defunct) as a committee associate until the new Committee on Chemical Safety (CCS) was formed. He was a committee associate on CCS from 1988-1991 and full member of the committee from 1994 through 2003. Steve became a consultant to the committee in 2006. Steve also served as a member on Constitution and By-Laws from 2002 until 2003. He was active in the Chemical Health & Safety Division from 1993 to 2003 and chaired that Division in 1994. He was also a long time member of the Division of Professional Relations and active on the newsletter committee from 1979 to 2003 and a member-at- large from 2001 to 2002. Steve received the Distinguished Service Award from the Chicago Section in 1994 and the Chicago Association of Technological Societies Merit Award in 1991. He was a member of the Executive Committee R&D Section National Safety Council and the National Fire Protection Association. He was chair of the Midwest Chapter of Cosmetic Chemists in 1976 and president of the Toastmaster International Argonne Club in 1990. Steve's other love besides the Section and his family was his church. He was an extraordinary minister at St. James in Arlington Heights and on the Parish Council for 3 years. He loved to cook, with veal parmesan being one of his specialties. He leaves behind his devoted and loving wife Peg, 13 children and 16 grandchildren. Our prayers go out to his family. FRAN KRAVITZ

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