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Donald W. Renn


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Donald W. Renn Obituary
Donald Walter Renn, drew his last breaths May 5, 2018 at the Sussman House in Rockport, Me., with his devoted wife of nearly 63 years by his side. He was 86 and had been in declining health. A research scientist with a long and illustrious career, including more than 70 patents to his name, Dr. Renn approached the world with curiosity and vigor. He contributed to advancements in biomedical science for over 60 years, from cancer research at Pfizer and senior positions with Marine Colloids and FMC in Rockland, Me., to his company, Creative Solutions, through which he consulted for organizations ranging from biomedical startups to Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Renn took great pleasure in traveling the globe, giving keynote speeches, helping start laboratories, meeting Nobel Prize winners, and mentoring young scientists. Born March 23, 1932, in East Rutherford, N.J., Donald Walter Renn was the son of J. Austin and Florence (Shoup) Renn. Arriving in Lancaster, Pa., as an infant, he attended Manheim Township schools and Franklin & Marshall College before leaving Pennsylvania for graduate school at Michigan State University, where he received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry. He is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia Eaby Renn, and their three daughters: Lori Renn Parker of Reading, Mass., and Lisa Renn and Carrie Renn Hrichak both of Bethlehem, Pa. He is survived by grandchildren Kristin Parker, Katya Hrichak, Julia Parker, and Nikki Hrichak, and leaves his sister Mildred Martin of Midlothian, Va. A memorial service is planned. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Chemistry Department at Franklin & Marshall College, Office of College Advancement, P.O. Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604; to Central Pennsylvania Clinic, P.O. Box 5806, Belleville, PA 17004; or to Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation, 22 White Street, Rockland, ME 04841, memo Sussman House.
Published in The Wakefield Observer from May 26 to June 6, 2018
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