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Ralph Munson Aten, age 55, of Chadds Ford, PA, formerly of Vienna, WV and Geneva, NY, passed away on September 29, 2013 at home.
Ralph graduated from Geneva High School. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Colgate University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physical Chemistry from the University of Washington. Ralph was employed by the DuPont Company for 28 years as a Research Chemist, 17 of which in the Parkersburg, WV FluoroPolymer Business and 11 years in Wilmington, DE in the Experimental Station and at the Chestnut Run sites.
He was a prolific inventor and had numerous patents to his name. Ralph passionately loved his work and continued to work through his hard fought battle with cancer. He had a heart of gold and rescued over 200 cats in his lifetime. He was a master chess player, and he and his son, Luke, continued to play their favorite online game together, even when Luke went away to college. His online character was named Gelly of the Horde (which was a girl). Ralph was well known for his sense of humor, and he will be sorely missed. He was also an avid marksman and a platinum member of Target Master Firearm Range. He had a black belt in Taekwondo, and along with Luke, was a member of the U.S. Taekwondo Association.
Ralph volunteered his time teaching children at the Karate for Kids School in Wilmington and baked chocolate chip cookies for them. He was also a member of the Brandywine River Museum as he loved the Wyeths' art, especially Jamie's.
He is survived by his wife Andri Elia; son Luke Aten; parents Carl and Heather Aten of Geneva, NY; brothers Steven (Tracie) of Carson City, NV and Keith (Bonnie) Aten of Montpelier, VT; sister Lorraine (Arun) Rounchod of Shaker Heights, OH; and many nieces of nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 11 am on Friday October 4, 2013 at the CHANDLER FUNERAL HOME, 2506 Concord Pike, Wilmington where friends and family may visit from 10 to 11 am.
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Published in The News Journal on Oct. 2, 2013