JAMES R. KATZER
On November 2, 2012. James R. Katzer was an Affiliate Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Iowa State University and a member of their Technical Advisory Council. He was also a Director on the Technical Advisory Board at the China National Institute for Clean and Low Carbon Fuels. He began his career as a tenured Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware and developed the Catalytic Science Center at that institution. He went on to a career at Mobil Oil Corporation and later ExxonMobil Corporation in research science. He retired from this position in 2004. Dr. Katzer held memberships in the National Academy of Engineering, the Cosmos Club of Washington DC and the Blue Hill, Maine Garden Club.
Dr. Katzer, was born in Grundy County, Iowa, received an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University and then a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. James is survived by his wife of thirty-two years, Isabelle Katzer nee McGregor; his mother Velma Sheller; son Robert James MD (Jenni) Katzer and their daughter Autumn Elizabeth Katzer; daughter Anne Louise Katzer; brothers Wayne Katzer; Ken (Sharon) Katzer; and sister JoAnn Katzer.
In death, James rejoins his father and son Michael Katzer. Services were held at the Mitchell Family Funeral Home, in Marshalltown, Iowa.