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Bill Cormann Giessen

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GIESSEN, Professor Bill Cormann Of Arlington, formerly of Cambridge. Born June 8, 1932 passed away on Thursday, March 25. Dr. Giessen was a beloved Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering professor at Northeastern University for over 40 years. He was also the Associate Director of the Barnett Institute for Chemical Analysis. Dr. Giessen was born in Pittsburgh, PA, but grew up in Germany where he received his ScD in Metalurgy from Goettingen University. He did his post graduate work at MIT before becoming a professor at NU. He was also recognized in American Men and Women of Science, and honored as an Outstanding Educator of America. He had 225 published papers and 15 patents on materials and alloys. In addition to his professional work, he did much to bridge the German and Jewish communities, including founding the Robert Solomon Morton Lecture series presented each Holocaust Week, sponsoring the Gustel C. Giessen Memorial Lecture in Jewish Studies and the Gideon Klein Award for Young Musicians. He was the adored husband of Mary Carolyn Burns and father of Nora Giessen and grandfather of Fredrike and Bruno Giron-Giessen. www.keefefuneralhome.com

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