Don B. Schiewetz, a resident of Wilmington, Del. for 35 years and Bow, for 10 years, died peacefully in the company of family Sunday, December 2, 2012 at the Hospice House in Concord. He was 85.
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Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Herbert J. Schiewetz. He held a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University, and Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Cincinnati, all in Chemical Engineering.
After several years as a university instructor, Dr. Schiewetz began his 38 year association with the DuPont Company as a research engineer in Buffalo, N.Y. He subsequently held a variety of technical and manufacturing management positions in the Film, Polymers, and Chemical Departments at the Circleville, Ohio, Florence, S.C., Glasgow and Wilmington, Del. sites. He was involved variously in the development of "Tedlar", "Teflon", "Kapton" and "Mylar" industrial films and "Permasep" reverse osmosis permeators. He was instrumental in demonstrating the first prototype manufacturing facility for the oriented polyester soft drink bottle. He retired in 1992, and for several years worked with DuPont-Conagra joint venture in the development and production of a biodegradable packing material.
Dr. Schiewetz was a member of Phi Gamma Delta social fraternity; Alpha Chi Sigma, Phi Lambda Upsilon, and Sigma Xi honoraries; and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. At one time he was active in Kiwanis International, and was a past Unit President of the American Cancer Society. At the time of his death, he was president of the Cottages at the Windchimes Condominium Association.
He was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Schiewetz.
He is survived by a son, Mark Schiewetz and his wife Judith Buckley of Concord; a grandson Zachary Schiewetz; his sister Ann Titus of Colorado Springs, Colo.; step-granddaughter Meagan Buckley and her husband Matthew Leonard; step-granddaughter Alyssa Buckley; and great-grandson Liam Leonard.
There will be no services.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Mayhew Program, ("Grace M. Schiewetz Fund"), Box 120, Bristol, NH; Red River Theatres ("Digitization Fund"), 11 S. Main St., Concord, NH; or Concord Regional VNA Hospice House, 240 Pleasant St., Concord, NH.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Dec. 4, 2012