Waldo Buford Ligett Jr.

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Waldo "Gus" Ligett, 97, passed away peacefully at Carolina Meadows, Chapel Hill, holding the hand of his wife, Ann, on Dec. 16, 2013.
Gus was born Nov. 2, 1916, and raised in Middletown, Ohio. He attended Antioch College, where he met his wife to be, Ann. After earning a bachelors degree from Antioch, Gus enrolled in the Purdue University Ph.D. program as a Chemistry major. Gus and Ann were married in 1940 while he attended Purdue. Upon graduation, his Ph.D. research led to a role in the Manhattan Project.
Subsequently his career included employment at the Ethyl Corporation, Celanese Chemical Company and concluded as the President of the Franklin Institute Research Laboratories in Philadelphia. He enjoyed travel and traveled extensively during his career. One application for security clearance lists 19 countries visited in the prior five years.
Upon retirement in 1981, Gus and Ann alternated between homes in Vermont and Florida until 1995 when they moved to Carolina Meadows. They continued to travel frequently during retirement. In addition, Gus was an avid swimmer, golfer and fitness buff. His scientific mind enjoyed the challenge of evaluating securities, so he successfully managed his own financial affairs even in his 97th year.
In addition to Ann, Gus is survived by his sister, Barbara Ligett, of Monroe, Ohio; five sons, Robert and wife, Shari Ligett, of Chapel Hill, John and wife, Carol, of Charlevoix, Mich., Mike and wife, Cathy Ward, of Raleigh, Steve and Doris Lamontagne of Thedford, Vt., Dan and wife, Susan Stefanec, of Amherst, N.H.; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; as well as the children and families of his late brother, Robert E. Ligett.
The family appreciates the skilled and compassionate care provided at Carolina Meadows.
A private memorial service will be held at Carolina Meadows on Jan. 4, 2014. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution to the would be appreciated.
Published in The Daily Reflector on Jan. 2, 2014
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