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DICKEY, Clarence Noted Entrepreneur, Scientist and Inventor passes Born in 1924 in Spearfish, SD, Clarence (Bob) Dickey passed away Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 in Peachtree City, GA. Beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, he is preceded in death by his first wife June R. Dickey, his parents Walter and Margaret Dickey of Spearfish, SD and his sisters A. June Dickey, El'Louise Eaton and Marjorie Johnson. Bob is survived by his spouse, Carolyn Niehouse, and four children, Barbara Leonard and husband Jack of Senoia, GA; Elizabeth Smith and husband Steven of Fernandina Beach, FL; Gerald Dickey and Terri of Houston, TX and Susan Morris and husband Robert I. Jr of Sharpsburg, GA as well as 9 grandchildren; Erin Dickey, Candice Dickey, Brian Smith and (w) Vanessa, Stephanie Smith, Robert I III and (w) Jenny, Jason Morris, and (w) Leanna, Heather Moss and (h) Andrew, Jacilyn Bennett and (h) Matthew, Pamela Adams, and 11 great grandchildren. He was a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Fayetteville, GA. Bob was a graduate of the South Dakota School of Mines (ChemE44) before serving in the Navy during WWII. After the war Bob entered graduate school at the University of Michigan where he earned Masters Degrees in Chemical Engineering and Business Administration. During his long career Bob worked in chemical engineering in Houston, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. He was recruited at the end of graduate school by Shell Oil in Houston, where he worked in the technical department. After three years he went out on his own to start Index Chemicals to develop a process for producing synthetic mercaptan (which is added to natural gas to create its smell). Index was eventually purchased by Pennwalt Corp. He also helped start up Southwest Chemical Services. Bob earned his pilot's license while in Houston before moving to the Atlanta, GA area. There he spent a couple years associated with Hills Aircraft at what is now Fulton County Airport. In 1961 he started Porex Materials Corp., a company specializing in porous plastics, including the tips for Sharpie markers. The company was later acquired by Glassrock Products where Bob served as President. After leaving Glassrock, Bob pursued various ventures including mining, mineral exploration and mineral recycling. Bob received patents in many of the fields in which he worked including patents on chemical syntheses, writing instruments, plastic structures and packaging and high-temperature refractories. Many of his inventions are still in use today. No service is planned at the present time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Chemical Engineering Department, 501 East Saint Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701.

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Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on July 21, 2014
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