Stephanie Louise Kwolek
AGE: 90 • Wilmington
Stephanie Louise Kwolek passed away peacefully in June 18, 2014. We want to thank Gilpin Hall and Compassionate Care Hospice for their care and kindness.
Stephanie was born in New Kensington, PA in 1923. She is the daughter of the late John and Nellie Kwolek and late brother, Stanley. Stephanie earned a bachelor's degree in Chemistry in 1946 from the Margaret Morrison Carnegie College of the Carnegie Institute of Technology, now known as Carnegie-Mellon University. She has received numerous honorary degrees including an honorary doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Delaware in 2008.
Stephanie was a chemist at DuPont from 1946-1986. In 1965 she discovered a fiber stronger than steel which became known as Kevlar®. With this discovery and her future work on a new branch of synthetic polymers, liquid crystalline polymers, she has received numerous awards with the most recent, the induction into the Delaware Women's Hall of Fame.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Catholic Church, 10 Church Road, Greenville, DE. A visitation will be held on Friday evening, June 27, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803. Interment will be held on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM at St. Mary's Cemetery, New Kensington, PA.
Stephanie has always supported women and science, and in lieu of flowers, please send a memorial contribution in her name to the Girl Scouts of Chesapeake Bay, 100 West 10th St., Suite 610, Wilmington, DE 19801.
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Published in The News Journal from June 22 to June 24, 2014