I had the privilege to honor Malcolm in my Pioneers in Chemical Safety in a recent column in the Journal. He was an inspiration to me and how much he added to our profession.
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> Warren Kingsley and others. I place myself in Gen 2; shaped by the heroes.
> Malcolm will remain, along with the others, as one whom we should emulate
> and improve upon. His legacy, as we nurture the 3rd and 4th generations
> will serve as guide for each of our professional development.
> Malcolm, may you rest in peace, knowing that you made life better for all
> chemists, and indeed, for humanity!
> Neal Langerman
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> Secretary, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety
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> Subject: [DCHAS-L] Passing of Malcolm Renfrew
> I am saddened to tell of the passing of Professor Malcolm M. Renfrew at the
> age of 103 on his birthday, Oct. 12, 2013. Dr. Renfrew was a major and much
> loved player in your Division for many years. I have attached his obituary.
> Thank you -
> Jean'ne M.Shreeve
> University Distinguished Professor
> Department of Chemistry
> University of Idaho
> Malcolm MacKenzie Renfrew
> 103, Moscow
> Malcolm MacKenzie Renfrew passed away peacefully at Good Samaritan Village
> in Moscow on October 12, 2013, his 103rd birthday. He was born October 12,
> 1910 in Spokane, Washington, the elder son of Earl and Elsie MacKenzie
> Renfrew. He spent his growing up years in Colfax, Washington, and Potlatch,
> Idaho. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemistry from the University
> of Idaho and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Minnesota. While
> at the University of Idaho he met Carol Campbell from Rosalia, Washington,
> and in 1938 they married in Moscow, Idaho and moved to New Jersey, where he
> was employed by duPont in research on new plastics. He was involved in the
> development of Teflon and made its first public presentation at the national
> meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 1946. He later became
> director of chemical research and development for General Mills, Inc. in
> Minneapolis and for Spencer Kellogg and Sons in Buffalo, New York. In 1959
> the Renfrews r!
> eturned to Moscow where Malcolm headed the physical sciences department of
> the University of Idaho. He later chaired the chemistry department and
> officially retired as professor emeritus of chemistry in 1976. In
> semi-retirement he served the university as patent director and Executive
> Vice President of the Idaho Research Foundation.
> Malcolm was professionally active in the ACS (Fellow), holding offices in
> three different divisions, and long represented the Washington-Idaho Border
> Section in the national council.
> During a sabbatical leave in 1967 he was a staff member of the National
> Science Foundation-supported Advisory Council on College Chemistry at
> Stanford University and for some years continued responsibilities as
> director of the College Chemistry Consultants Service. He also served as
> safety editor of the Journal of Chemical Education and for four years was a
> member of the National Research Council‰??s Materials Advisory Board.
> Malcolm was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of
> Science (Fellow), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Society
> of Chemical Industry (Brit), Sigma Xi, and Phi Beta Kappa. Honors included
> awards for teaching by the ACS Northeastern Section and the Manufacturing
> Chemists Association, and the ACS Santa Clara Valley Section Award honored
> his service to the Society. The University of Minnesota recognized him for
> outstanding achievement and, upon retirement, the University of Idaho
> awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science degree. The ACS Chemical Health
> and Safety Division gave him its top award. He was co-editor of Safe
> Laboratories: Principles and Practices for Design and Remodeling (1990), and
> editor of Safety in the Chemical Laboratory, Vol. IV (1980). He was author
> of professional papers on plastics, chemical safety, and molecular
> spectroscopy. He was named to the University of Idaho Hall of Fame, the
> State of Idaho Hall of Fame and !
> received the Distinguished Idahoan University of Idaho Alumni Award. He and
> his wife Carol received the Idaho Treasures Award from the University of
> Idaho Retirees Association.
> In 1985, to mark Malcolm‰??s 75th birthday, the Physical Sciences Building at
> the University of Idaho was named Malcolm M. Renfrew Hall. The building was
> rededicated in 2010 on the occasion of his 100th birthday.
> Malcolm and his wife Carol traveled extensively and visited all the
> continents except Antarctica.
> Malcolm was a gifted watercolorist and was a member of the Palouse
> Watercolor Socius, Idaho Watercolor Society, watercolor societies in
> Buffalo, New York and Palo Alto, California. He was also a member of Phi
> Gamma Delta Fraternity and the Moscow First Presbyterian Church. He was a
> trombonist with the UI Vandal non-marching pep band, chemist, educator,
> gardener, philanthropist, and dog lover. But, above all he was a people
> person who never met a person he did not like nor one he would not encourage
> to achieve goals that they did not know they had.
> Malcolm was predeceased by his parents, his beloved wife Carol in 2010, and
> his brother Edgar in 2010. Cremation has taken place and his ashes will be
> interred in the Columbarium at the First Presbyterian Church in Moscow. A
> memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 2:00 p.m.
> on Monday, October 28, 2013.
> Malcolm‰??s friends and family would like to thank all the staff of Good
> Samaritan for their compassionate care of Malcolm for the past several
> years. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Renfrew/Campbell Science
> and Humanities Endowment, c/o University of Idaho Foundation, 875 Perimeter
> Drive, MS 3147, Moscow; the Humane Society of the Palouse, 2019 White
> Avenue, Moscow; Good Samaritan Village, 640 N. Eisenhower, Moscow; the First
> Presbyterian Church, 405 S. Van Buren Street, Moscow; or a charity of one‰??s
> Malcolm was in Gen 1; he is one of my heroes, along with Jay Young and
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