CASSIDY, Patrick E.|
Patrick E. Cassidy, born November 8, 1937, completed his earthly journey on December 6, 2013, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife, Jeanne, son Andrew and wife Rose, daughter Lacey Menzies, daughter Melissa and husband John Abraham and grandchildren Maya and Max Abraham and Lincoln Cassidy.
He was born and reared in East Moline, Illinois, where he spent his childhood through high school. He had a wonderfully simple, small town midwestern upbringing and played in school bands.
Dr. Cassidy was educated at the University of Illinois (B.S. with Honors in Chemistry) and the University of Iowa (M.S .and Ph. D. in Chemistry, following which he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arizona with Professor C.S. Marvel. His career included Sandia Corporation, Tracor, and Texas State University where he taught chemistry. He retired as Distinguished Professor Emeritus from Texas State after 41 years, including 15 years as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. During his tenure at the university he founded and directed several institutes and centers, including the Polymer Research Group, and published and presented internationally over 400 papers. His awards included, among others, being named a Fellow for the Polymer Chemistry Division and the Polymer Engineering and Science Division of the American Chemical Society, receiving the Southwest ACS Award and the University President's Award for Excellence in Research. The time he spent in the classroom and working with students as a mentor or thesis advisor was fulfilling and a joy, hence his continuation after retirement as an adjunct faculty at Concordia University- Austin, Texas. During his tenure he was awarded nine patents, most on the topic of fluoropolymers. He was also involved as a consultant for many legal firms. The faculty and staff at Texas State were among his dear friends with whom he enjoyed long term collegiality.
He served as an elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church and Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church and was a cofounder and president of Spicewood Country School. He considered himself blessed by his many dear friends and academic associates, but most of all by his family, all of whom he loved dearly, especially his wife, Jeanne.
A memorial service will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 14th, followed by a reception at the church.
In lieu of flowers please consider a memorial contribution to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3003 Northland Drive, Austin, Texas, 78757.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Dec. 10 to Dec. 12, 2013