Gerald R. Wermus, PH.D.
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AGE: 75 • Newark
Gerald passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday morning, February 19th, with his loving wife at his side. He is survived by Rosalee, whom he married in 1965, his son, Steven (Sandra), daughter, Susan, two beloved grandchildren, Grace and William, and brothers and sisters: Donna Wermus, S.S.N.D., Joseph Wermus (Anne), Daniel Wermus (Phyllis), Lorraine Willenbring (Aloys), and Patricia Beseman. He was predeceased by his parents, infant daughter, Mary Elizabeth, and brother-in-law, Bruce Beseman.
Gerald was the oldest of six children, born in 1938 to Ray and Carol Wermus in St. Paul, Minnesota. He attended the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, graduating in 1960 with a B.S. in Chemistry. He went on to obtain his M.S. from Arizona State University in 1963 and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Iowa State University in 1966.
Gerald's professional career began at the DuPont Company in 1966 as a Research Biochemist in Clinical Chemistry. Importantly, he was a key member of the team that developed the aca discrete clinical analysis unit. This machine revolutionized blood testing in hospitals, enabling doctors to get test results on site in a fraction of the time such testing had previously required and with far greater accuracy.Thus, medical personnel were better able to diagnose and treat illnesses, resulting in countless lives being improved and saved around the globe.
Later, as a manager in the Medical Products Division, Gerald had a variety of positions and responsibilities related to the ongoing growth of the aca? and other DuPont diagnostic projects. He was known for his patience and ability as a motivator who could inspire and bring out the best in those with whom he worked.
Gerald was employed at DuPont for thirty years, publishing numerous scientific articles before retiring in 1997 as a Senior Clinical Scientist. He continued to practice as a consultant for several years and maintained membership in the following professional organizations: The American Clinical Society (ACS), The American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC), The Biomedical Marketing Association (BMA), and the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS).
Gerald valued hard work of all kinds and family above all. He loved children, learning, gardening, surf fishing, hiking, swimming, and "March Madness," and was active in the community as a coach, civic association officer, and member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church.
The family would especially like to thank Gerald's compassionate caregivers from Delaware Hospice--Beth, Linda, Scott, Michael, Beverly, Sam, and Melody and his HomeWatch Caregivers—Tina, Bridget, Suzanne, Ann, and Patty. They were strangers who entered our lives, became friends, supported, and guided us through our journey.
A visitation with the family will be held at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, 7200 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin from 10:00-11:00AM on Wednesday, February 26th, followed immediately by a Mass of Christian Burial, then interment at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Ashland, Delaware.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to be made to either of two organizations: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 750 E. Pratt St., Ste. 1718, Baltimore, MD 21202, designated to "the research work of Dr. Ted Dawson in the Institute for Cell Engineering" or Delaware Hospice: 3515 Silverside Road, Wilmington, DE 19810.
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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 22 to Feb. 24, 2014