James N. Short (1922 - 2014)

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James N. Short, age 91, passed away at his home in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on Sunday, July 6, 2014.
James Newton Short was born November 14, 1922 in Dayton, Ohio to Joseph Byron Short and Myrtle Mae (Emmerick) Short. James graduated high school in Cincinnati, Ohio and attended the University of Cincinnati, receiving his Bachelors in Engineering, as well as his Masters and Doctorate of Science in Chemical Engineering.
Jim was a long-time polymer chemist for Phillips Petroleum, managing the Polyolefins Unit for many years. He had over 50 patents in chemical processes and polyolefins breakthroughs and was internationally recognized as a pioneer in Polymer Science.
James and the former Ms. Jean Schott were united in marriage on June 23, 1945 in Cincinnati. In the mid-'50s, they transferred from Borger, Texas to Bartlesville, and Bartlesville has remained their home since that time.
James had a love for cats and had many interests, including raising exotic orchids, building computers and international travel. Known widely as a "rock hound", Jim collected and traded rocks all over the country. He was one of the founders of the Osage Hills Gem & Mineral Society.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Jude Children's Hospital for those who would like to make a charitable donation in James' name.
Survivors include his wife, Jean, of the family home; children, William Thomas Short and his wife, Paula, Southfield, Michigan, Charles Edward Short of Granite Shoals, Texas, John Robert Short and his wife, Kathleen, of Huntsville, Alabama; four grandchildren, Pamela Jean Short, Mary Elizabeth Short, Wendy Arletta Carlton and Laura Jean Short; and two great-grandchildren, Audrey Noble Carlton and Elliot Carlton. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronald Patrick Short; and a brother, Joseph Lee Short.
Memorial services for Mr. Short will be held on Thursday, July 10, at 2:00 PM in the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home chapel.
Arrangements for Mr. Short are under the direction of the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.honoringmemories.com.
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710 Southeast Dewey
Bartlesville, OK 74003
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from July 9 to Aug. 8, 2014
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