Eliot Laurence Lieberman|
Eliot Laurence Lieberman, the founder and president of ARGENT Chemical Laboratories, passed away suddenly at age 63 on January 5, 2013. He was an active and respected leader in the Global Aquaculture Community.
Eliot was born in Kew Gardens, New York, the third son of Gertrude and Oscar Lieberman, refugees from Hitler's Vienna. This chapter in history came to color his life and experiences, as well as provide for his quick sense of humor and wit. A polyglot, he was quick to master foreign languages and submerse himself in new cultures as he traveled the globe.
At an early age, Eliot showed a strong interest in science and was encouraged by a high-school teacher to pursue a career in chemistry. His favorite hobby was breeding tropical fish and it was this that set him on the path of his future endeavors and success. Less tranquil pursuits included playing the trumpet and drums, which was not always appreciated by neighbors in the Queens apartment house where he spent his formative years.
Widely and humorously known to his friends, family and associates as "Uncle Eliot," he cultivated an avuncular personality and was know for his generosity and warmth.
A graduate of the University of Maryland, Eliot Lieberman did his graduate studies in Chemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle. Shortly thereafter he founded Argent Chemical Laboratories, building the firm over the decades into a world-class corporation. Loving as he did the Pacific Northwest and particularly the sea, he made it his home for the rest of his life.
A highly original thinker, Eliot made numerous innovative contributions to the fisheries industry through his chemical research and development, which helped to advance and sustain Aquaculture worldwide. During the past several years, under his guidance, Argent was involved in the development of CYCLOP-EES, recognized internationally as one of the finest aquatic organisms for use as a starter feed. Today fish farming has become central to feeding the world and providing a source of protein and employment to the peoples of the developing world.
Eliot is survived by his brothers, George and Robert, their children and grandchildren as well as by his long time friend and business associate Beatrice Shanahan. His ashes were returned to the sea, the source of inspiration for his life.
A memorial service will be held at noon on February 16, 2013 at Marymoor Park Clise Mansion in Redmond, Washington. Come join his friends and loved ones in celebration of the extraordinary life of Eliot Lieberman.
Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 4 to Feb. 5, 2013