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Neal Orin Brace Former Wheaton College professor Neal Orin Brace, age 91, died Saturday, July 27, 2013 in his home in Carol Stream, IL. Dr. Brace was born on April 12, 1922 in Osceola, WI to Cleo W. and Alice L. (Krienke) Brace. In high school he was active in music, sports, and church life. Dr. Brace graduated from the University of Minnesota and served in the U. S. Army Air Corps as an instructor at the Radio and Radar School at Yale University. After the war, Dr. Brace enrolled in the University of Illinois and completed his doctoral degree in organic chemistry. It was in Champaign, IL that Dr. Brace met his first wife, Evelyn Larson. Together they raised seven children - Judy, David, Nancy, Linda, Sharon, John and Roger; all survive. Brace worked for Eastman Kodak and the DuPont Company as a research chemist, before moving in 1963 to Chicago, where he taught at North Park College. Dr. Brace spent the greatest part of his career at Wheaton College teaching Chemistry where he especially enjoyed the challenge of preparing pre-medical students. For many years, Dr. Brace served as a research consultant for Ciba-Geigy Corporation. His laboratory and classroom successes allowed him to travel to China, Germany, and Russia at a time when foreign travel was less common. Dr. Brace received numerous awards including the Humboldt Prize and he participated as a Fulbright Scholar. He wrote widely in the area of organofluorine chemistry and held multiple patents. Dr. Brace was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Marilynn (Wikholm Bach) Brace. Dr. Brace was predeceased by his sisters Lily Setter, Fern Bruner and brother Robert Brace. He is survived by his brothers, Ray Brace and Leo Brace. Visitation at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., Wheaton, IL 60187 on Wednesday, July 31st, from 5-8 p.m. and funeral services at Wheaton Bible Church, 27w500 North Ave., West Chicago, IL 60185 on Thursday, August 1st at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Wheaton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in memoriam to the Neal O. Brace Scholarship in Chemistry at Wheaton College, 501 College Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187 or Wheaton Bible Church (address above). Family and friends may sign a guest book at hultgrenfh.com. For more information, please call Hultgren Funeral Home at 630-668-0027.
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Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on July 30, 2013
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