Dr. Irwin Pearl
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Age 100, passed away May 14, 2014 at The Kutz Home.
Born December 25, 1913 and raised in Seattle, Washington, Irwin graduated with a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry (1937) from the University of Washington in Seattle, and became a Senior Scientist and Professor of Lignin Chemistry at the Institute of Paper Chemistry and Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. In his career in chemistry, he was proudest of his work that saved the lives of people infected with several rare fungal diseases, and his work which reduced pollution in the pulp and paper industry. He held 59 US patents and over 100 foreign patents.
Irwin was a generous and philanthropic person. During his long life he served the Appleton Jewish Community in many functions and was active in Boy Scouts, Power Squadron, the American Philatelic Society (64 year member) and the American Chemical Society (79 year member).
He was predeceased by his wife of 66 years, Lillian A. Pearl, and by his parents Louis and Lena Pearl, his sister Lydia Pearl Offman and his brother Milton Pearl.
Irwin was thrilled to be a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He is survived by his brother Wes (Alice) Pearl, his daughter Cheryl (Ken) Kamm of Wilmington Delaware, his son Hugh (Jacqueline) Pearl of Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, his grandchildren Stevie (Daniel) Friedman, Greg Schiff, Lana Pearl, Charles (Jennifer) Pearl, Kurt (Lori) Rubin, Amy Trust, Laurie Rubin, Marta (Bill) Kiesling, Shira (Scott) Alberts, Aviva (Jonah Hister) Kamm, Joseph Kamm, Benjamin (Emma Kippley-Ogman) Kamm, and great-grandchildren Adir and Liora Friedman; Jemma and Noah Pearl; Adam and Noah Rubin; Sarah, Jordan and Lea Trust; Michael and Matthew Kiesling; Masha and Henry Hister; and Otto Ogman.
Graveside services will be Thursday, May 15, at 11:30 am at the Jewish Community Cemetery, 401 Foulk Rd Wilmington DE. Shiva will be observed Thursday evening at 7 PM at the Kamm residence.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Milton & Haatie Kutz Home, 704 River Rd, Wilmington, DE 19809 or to Compassionate Care Hospice, 405 East Marsh Lane, Suite 4, Newport, DE 19804. Irwin's family warmly thanks all the loving and caring people at The Kutz Home and at Compassionate Care Hospice.
Published in The News Journal on May 15, 2014