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PATRICK JOHN, 90 years young, died peacefully surrounded by his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years Fay (née Trimborn); their 5 children Mary Kate, Patrick, Sean, Meg and Claire; 7 grandchildren; and sisters Kathleen Pramba, Margaret Harkins (Peggy), Helen Harkins and Theresa Bones. He is preceded in death by his brother Joseph and sister Mary McNulty Gallagher. A devoted family man, Pat was a lifelong resident of the small town of Wyndmoor, Springfield Twp., Montgomery County, where he and his siblings were raised by parents Margaret (née McGuigan) of Germantown and Patrick Hugh McNulty, of Co. Donegal, Ireland. The family were original members of Seven Dolors Parish where they helped build three churches and a school for the parish from the 1920's to the 1960's. A devout Catholic, Pat held numerous volunteer posts at Seven Dolors over the years and was a 50-year alumnus of the Malvern Retreat House in Malvern. He helped found the free library of Springfield Township and served as its first president. An avid naturalist and outdoorsman, Pat was scoutmaster of Boy Scouts of America troop #543 in Wyndmoor for many years and camped up and down the eastern seaboard and Canada both with the scouts and his children. His favorite pastime was hiking the trails of the Wissahickon Valley which he did as a boy and well into his 80's. Pat was a graduate of North Catholic High School (class of 1941), the Pennsylvania State University (B.S. in Chemistry 1952) and Vanderbilt University (Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry 1957). He worked briefly for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture research lab in Wyndmoor in the 1940's then joined the Rohm and Haas Company in Philadelphia for a near 40-year career in their agricultural chemistry business. In the research division he held numerous patents for synthesizing organic compounds for use in commercial agriculture. Later he was worldwide director of employee health & safety and product regulatory affairs at the company's headquarters on Independence Mall. Pat was active in many professional organizations and chaired committees of the American Chemical Society, Chemical Manufacturers Association and Chemical Abstracts Service. After retirement in 1990, he joined the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business where he spent ten years as a senior research fellow and lecturer in the MBA program. Friends and relatives are invited to a Viewing at JACOB F. RUTH FUNERAL HOME in Chestnut Hill on Friday night, March 7, 7-9 P.M. and a Funeral Mass at Seven Dolors Worship Site on Willow Grove Avenue in Wyndmoor on Saturday, March 8, 11 A.M. followed by Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cem. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made in Pat's name to the Malvern Retreat House, P.O. Box 315, Malvern, PA 19355-0315. (malvernretreat.com)
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