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New Castle, Pennsylvania (PA)

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Charles W. McGary

Charles W. McGary

Class of 1947

Charles W. McGary, president, class of 1947, earned his BS, cum laude, in chemistry at Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA in 1951, and his Ph.D. in physical-organic chemistry at Purdue University, Lafayette, IN in 1954. He had 4 publications, including “A Quantitative Treatment of Isomer Distribution in Electrophilic Substitution”. He is a member of the American Chemical Society.

He worked as a bench chemist, a group leader and an associate director for Union Carbide in South Charleston, WV. He developed a family of cycloaliphatic epoxy resins, characterized the degradation mechanism and the stabilization of polyethylene oxide, and developed a process for producing crystalline polypropylene. He directed programs in vinyl chloride polymers, plasticizers and water-soluble polymers. He was an inventor and co-inventor on 61 United States patents in these fields and had several technical publications.

He was a product manager and marketing manager for Union Carbide Coatings Intermediates Business Group in New York City.

Dr. McGary went to work for Riverain Corp., an entrepreneurial company, in 1980 in Dayton, OH as VP of Research. He managed programs on hypoallergenic polyurethane surgeons’ gloves and polyurethane catheters. The business was sold to Warner Lambert. The polyurethane peripheral catheters were highly successful and became state-of-the-art products -- used in all hospitals. He was inventor and co-inventor on 11 patents and published and participated in several technical societies.

This Warner Lambert business division was sold to Becton Dickenson and Dr. McGary subsequently returned to Riverain and directed successful programs in vinyl sealants, epoxy structural adhesives, and polyurethane anti-chip coatings for the automotive industry.

Dr. McGary returned to Warner Lambert in 1990, this time in Basel, Switzerland, as Director of Research, for a project on biodegradable polymers based on starch.

He retired in 1993 and has consulted on several projects. He was co-inventor on one patent.

He and Deloris Glasser McGary (1948) reside in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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