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Warren Berlin Crummett

Warren Berlin Crummett, 91, of Midland, passed away Thursday morning, March 20, 2014 at Cascades Senior Living in Midland. He was born April 4, 1922 in a small rural community (Shenandoah Mountains) near Sugar Grove, Pendleton County, W.Va. (mostly of German descent).

He was the first born of the late Elmer Pinckney Crummett and Virginia Maude (Smith) Crummett.

Warren was educated in a one room schoolhouse through the eighth grade, and then had to travel over 20 miles by bus over mountainous roads to attend high school.

He worked his way through Bridgewater College in Virginia, and later earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry at The Ohio State University. It was at Ohio State that he met and married his beloved Elizabeth Stathers Crummett on Feb. 28, 1948.

Warren joined The Dow Chemical Co. in 1951, and became a technical manager in 1971. He was named a Research Scientist shortly thereafter, and advanced to Research Fellow in 1984.

He is the author or coauthor of 50 scientific papers, three review articles, 72 new analytical methods, two patents and several book chapters.

Dr. Crummett was best known for his work on the analysis of dioxins. He and his esteemed associates in the Analytical laboratory were able to measure dioxins in parts per million in 1964.

By 1983, they were able to measure dioxins in parts per quadrillion. They were the first to find dioxins in urban dust, automobile mufflers, cigarette smoke, wood fires, sewage sludge and many other places. They were the first to prove de novo syntheses of chlorinated dioxin in fire, and published their "Trace Chemistry of Fire" hypothesis in the Journal Science.

Warren was awarded the H.H. Dow Medal in 1980, "for his pioneering work in advancing analytical technology and in particular the validation of analytical detection limits for the benefit of Dow and society." He was also honored with the Bridgewater College Distinguished Alumnus Award (1983).

He is the author of the book, "Decades of Dioxin - Limelight on a Molecule," published in 2002 at the age of 80, which discussed the difficulties of the scientist attempting to explain his findings to the public, to the media and to regulators.

Outside of Dow, he served as a consultant for various diverse groups including the United States EPA, the United States Air Force, the World Health Organization and Martin Marietta. He also served as chairman of the State of Michigan's "Race Horse Industry Task Force" in 1980.

Warren loved Midland and the great and highly skilled people he worked with. He thought they were the best in the world and was thrilled to be part of what was happening in the Midland community and at Dow plants around the world.

He was an extraordinary, virtuous family man. As a father and grandfather he was involved, consistent, aware and nurturing (Little League, scouts, school projects, and our careers).

He has been our mentor, leader, teacher, hero and our love. His love of Christ has served as an example for not only his children but also his grandchildren. His legacy cannot be fully explicated in this short space, suffice it to say that it is massive, profound, and enduring.

We, who love him, have been privileged and honored eternally to have known him. While we are sad that he is separated from us, we are thrilled that he is with our beloved Lord, our mother Elizabeth ( Betty Ann), his parents and those that love him.

Surviving are his two sons, Dr. Daniel (Bobbi Price) Crummett, a physician in family practice with Duke University Health Systems in Chapel Hill, N. C., and Dr. Allan W. (Carrie Ann) Crummett, a licensed psychologist in Muskegon; five grandchildren, Warren Luke and Autumn Leah Crummett of Muskegon, Elisabeth Hannah (Devin) Stone of Boston, Mass., Carrianne Stathers Crummett of New York, and Samuel Christopher Crummett of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and a sister, Norma Wolfe.

Funeral Services will take place at 11 a.m. Monday, March 24, 2014 from the Church of the Brethren, 1717 E. Sugnet Road in Midland. The Rev. Art Smith will officiate, with committal services to follow in the Midland City Cemetery.

Dr. Crummett's family will receive friends at the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 West Wheeler St. on Sunday, from 4-7 p.m., and on Monday, at the church from 10 a.m. until time of the services.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Church of the Brethren.


Published in Midland Daily News from Mar. 21 to Mar. 22, 2014
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