Robert M. Busche

Robert Marion Busche

Bob passed away on February 2, 2013 at the age of 86.

He was born in St. Louis, Missouri on June 14, 1926, the son of Ferdinand Busche and Irma Seim.

Dr. Busche is survived by Emma Busche, his beloved wife of 32 years; his four children: Robert (Rick) and his wife Colleen of Claymont, DE, David and his wife Ellen of Round Rock, TX, Kristin Barlow and her husband Niles of Mountain Lakes, NJ, and Amy Silver and her husband Peter of Thousand Oaks, CA; his three step-children: Georgia Dudley and her husband Edward of Wilmington, DE, James Pappas III and his wife Ellen of Howell, NJ and Cynthia Berger and her husband Frank of Charleston, SC; nineteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a cousin, Dorothy Seim of Baltimore, MD.

An Eagle Scout at age 15 in Troop #19, St. Louis, he spent the rest of his life as a registered Scouter in various positions: chair of Club Pack #46, committee of Scout Troop #46, Asst. SM of Troup #521, District Advancement Chair, District Membership Chair, Unit Commissioner and member of the Eagle Board of Review. He was a three-bead Woodbadger, received the District Award of Merit, the Silver Beaver and the God & Service Award.

He graduated from Central High in St. Louis in 1943. As class valedictorian he received a four-year scholarship to Washington University in St. Louis. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering in 1948, his MS in 1949 and Doctor of Science degree in chemical engineering in 1952, all from Washington U.

In his first job he researched gasification at the U.S. Bureau of Mines Coal-to-Oil Demonstration Plant at Louisiana, MO. He then spent 33 years with Dupont in various supervisory and managerial positions beginning in Polychemicals/Plastics Department in polyolefins research at Sabine River Works and the Experimental Station and in technical service at Chestnut Run. Following this he managed research and production of the Heat Transfer Products Division of the Development Department at Willow Bank and in the Management Science Division. Upon transferring to the Central Research Department he became involved in Life Sciences planning at the Experimental Station. Retiring from Dupont in 1985 he set up his own company, Bio En-Gene-Er Associates, Inc. to consult in biotechnology. He also served for many years as an adjunct professor of chemical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

Bob was associated with: Tau Kappa Epsilon, social fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, scout service fraternity, the National Eagle Scout Association, the American Legion, and the staff of OperaDelaware. He was an elder of Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 9, 11 am, followed by a memorial service at 12 pm, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1120 Darley Road, Wilmington. A private family memorial will be held for his internment in the Lower Brandywine Cemetery, 117 Old Kennett Road, Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church.

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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 8 to Feb. 9, 2013