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Melvin Ferguson Reynolds


December 6, 1910 - February 21, 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Melvin Ferguson Reynolds

December 6, 1910 ~ February 21, 2013

Carmel - Melvin "Mo" F. Reynolds, a native of Quarryville, Pennsylvania, passed away at his home. ÊHe received his BS Degree from Franklin & Marshall and earned both his Master's and PhD degrees in Chemistry from New York University. Ê

Mo was a chemistry professor at St. John's University in Brooklyn and Queens College in Flushing, before joining the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in Annapolis in 1946. He moved to Monterey with the school in 1952 and retired as Professor Emeritus in 1974 after a career spanning over 37 years.

Mo was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Monterey, Sons in Retirement, Monterey History and Art Association and the American Chemical Society. He also enjoyed serving as a docent at the Monterey Maritime Museum.

Mo is survived by his wife of 75 years, Valerie; his daughters, Karen (Burton) Brown of Berkeley and Jean (William) Andrewsen of Concord; his grandchildren, Kimberly Bixler, Kurt Brown, Kristin Tejnecky and Erik Andrewsen and his great-grandchildren, Kendall and Robert Reynolds Bixler, Jakob and Mackenzie Tejnecky and Aliya and Ella Brown.Ê

Mo and Valerie were together for 83 years, as they met at 15 and 18 years of age. Theirs is an amazing love story.

Mo, as he was known by all, was a wonderful man with a love of life and a deep interest in people. His sense of humor and his desire to see everything and do everything gave him a unique perspective that enriched life for others. He remained enthusiastic and loving to his family until the end of his 102 years. He will be deeply missed.

Private family services will be held. To sign Melvin's guest book and leave messages for his family, please visit www.thepaulmortuary.com.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Mar. 8, 2013
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