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POQUOSON - David R. Schryer passed away peacefully Wednesday afternoon, November 14, 2012 after a long and courageous fight with cancer.
He was born on Feb. 26, 1932, the second child of William L. and Ella J. Schryer, in Philadelphia, Pa., and was a graduate of Poquoson High school, class of 1950. He received his Bachelor of Arts in chemistry from Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C., and attended graduate school at the University of Virginia and University of Maryland before receiving his Master of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary. He was employed by NACA, later NASA, in 1957, and retired in 2001. During his tenure he authored or co-authored more than 80 scientific journal articles and edited the monograph, 'Heterogeneous Atmospheric Chemistry,' published by the American Geophysical Union. He organized two major conferences on atmospheric chemistry in the U.S. and an international conference held in Great Britain. His most treasured time at NASA was with the team headed by the late Dr. Billy T. Upchurch working on room-temperature carbon monoxide oxidation catalysis, which garnered 11 patents, and numerous NASA awards. Evenings were spent doing what he loved most – teaching classes in freshman chemistry and remedial math at local colleges. On weekends he sold high fidelity audio components from his home, and was the first president of the Windsor Great Park Recreation Association. In David's leisure time he enjoyed listening to his extensive collection of classical music, and watching old movies and Redskins football. He was also concerned with animal welfare and rescued many cats and dogs in his lifetime.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jackie; his daughter, Aubrina Schryer of Deltaville, Va.; his son, Eric (Sue) Schryer; and granddaughter, Sara Schryer of Lovettsville, Va.; his sister, Carolyn Schryer of Poquoson; his former wife Sandra Hovey of Urbanna, Va.; his cousin, Philip (Gisela) Jochem of Philadelphia, Pa.; and many, many wonderful friends.
The family would like to extend a very special thanks to all the kind people who were a part of his care throughout his illness, especially the folks at HRSH and Dr. John Newman and colleagues at Sentara CarePlex.
As per his wishes, there will be no formal services, but he would like to be remembered the next time dessert is served! View and post condolences on our online guestbook at dailypress.com/guestbooks.

Published in Daily Press from Nov. 17 to Nov. 19, 2012
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