Richard Mullineaux

Richard D. "Dick" Mullineaux, 90, died in Houston, Texas on Jan. 7, 2014 after a short illness.
A resident of the Memorial area for more than 40 years, he moved to Houston with Shell Oil Co. where he served as a top executive.
Dick was a native of Washington state and graduated from the University of Washington. After serving in the Army during World War II, he earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin.
In the 1960's, while with Shell, he made many major discoveries in the field of homogeneous catalysts, allowing these products to be biodegradable. His discoveries exhibited his lifelong dedication to protecting the environment which he continued during post-retirement years working with the country of Indonesia and a variety of non-profits.
Dick was a lifelong outdoorsman, runner and tennis player up to the age of 89. All who knew him admired his keen intellect and he affectionately considered himself "a learning machine."
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Karen and his second wife, Marion McCormack.
He is survived by his children, Karl Mullineaux of Bellville and Marie Mullineaux of Friendswood and brother, Don Mullineaux of Denver.
A memorial service celebrating Dick's life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at Emerson Unitarian Church, 1900 Bering Dr. in Houston.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: HAMUN (Houston Area Model United Nations), PO Box 667049, Houston, TX 77266 or the Nature Discovery Center, 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire, TX 77401.

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Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 2, 2014