Clyde Stephen Scanley

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Clyde Stephen Scanley

AGE: 92 •

Clyde Scanley died August 28, 2013, at the age of 92, from dementia. Clyde grew up in Milwaukee, WI, and spent summers in Ephraim, WI, on Green Bay. Clyde served in the US Navy where he trained as an SB2C dive bomber (Helldiver) pilot. After WWII he earned a doctorate in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin. As an industrial research chemist, Clyde was responsible for over 30 patents. His investigations in polymer chemistry improved quality and output in such industries as sugar production, paper making, oil drilling, mining, and waste treatment. He began his career at Standard Oil of Indiana, then moved to American Cyanamid (now CYTEC) in Stamford, CT, where he conducted most of his research. It was in Stamford that he raised his family. At the end of his career he was affiliated with Drew Chemical in Boonton, NJ. An avid skier, sailor, and tennis player, he fondly recalled a 600 mile cycling trip in southern Spain after retiring. In his early 60's, Clyde added windsurfing to his sports portfolio. He was fascinated by all aspects of natural history. His creative side was expressed not only in his extensive collection of music recordings, but also in his work as a photographer. His children have fond memories of helping him in his darkroom. Clyde was an active participant in the Unitarian-Universalist congregations in Morristown, NJ and Peacedale, RI. It was during his retirement in RI that, for 15 years, he taught English as a second language to Korean scientists attending the University of Rhode Island, School of Oceanography.

Clyde is survived by his son and two daughters and their partners and children—Stephen, his wife, Betsy, and their sons Collin and Dylan of New York City; Anne and her partner Bob Fink, of Washington, DC; and Ellen of New Haven, CT.

Published in Daily Record on Sept. 5, 2013
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