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Aaron Oken PhD Entrepreneur

AGE: 93 • Wilmington

Dr. Arron Oken, a true renaissance man, age 93 died on July 18, 2016 at home holding hands with his devoted wife, Rose Lynn. He was the son of the late Leo and Dora Oken. Aaron was an extraordinary intellect who could do and did almost anything; he was a bomber pilot in England during World War II, an organic chemist who received his Bachelor's degree magna cum laude and his PhD from Stanford University, which was the perfect environment in which his gentlemanly instincts and great intellect could flower and flourish. Aaron was an innovative and prolific scientist and inventor, an avid hiker and backpacker, a successful investment advisor, a self-taught ocean going sailor, and much more.

Throughout his adulthood, Aaron had many diverse interests, all of which he acted on with extraordinary talent and skill. Needing furniture, he became a cabinetmaker, designing and making furniture so beautiful and finely made.

Aaron was a member of the Wilmington Trail Club. He continued to walk daily until shortly before his death, and was a well-known regular with his dear wife, Lynn at "their" bench in Brandywine Park. He was also a member of Wilmington Gun Club, a board member and president of the Brandywine Park Condominium Administration. His leadership earned him the respect and admiration of the condominium's many residents and staff.

Aaron was a prolific chemical inventor. At DuPont, he invented a coating, Elvax that spawned hundreds of products from the plastic coatings on paper milk cartons to EVA insoles used in athletic shoes. As an independent chemist Aaron developed a gold decorating paint that became the industry standard and having sold that process and retired. However he continued to use his home kitchen to invent and patent products that improved on existing technology. Only two years ago, Aaron was granted his last patent, "selective polysulfide composite membrane".

Aaron was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia, and his brother, Murray.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Rose Lynn Rostocki Oken, who brought him so much love and happiness over the past 23 years. Aaron also leaves behind his daughter and son-in-law, Judy and David Hodas; three grandchildren, Nathan, Sam, and Maria Hodas, and Libby and Matthew Wentworth; four great-grandchildren whom he adored and always looked forward to seeing; Leo, Eli, Geoffrey, and Henry; and his niece, Linda. Aaron is also survived by his extended family; Michael Rostocki, Janet Protack and her husband, Peter Paul Jr., grandchildren, Tim (Ann Marie), Jamie (Jen), and Josh. He was especially proud of his great-grandchildren; Gus who he mentored and shared a special relationship, Louis, Annabel, and Molly who could always make him smile, Chase, Max, and Tyler who also brightened his days.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Andrew Himelstein and his staff, especially Dana, for their compassionate care; Delaware hospice and their nurse, Latrina, and a special thank you to Kelly and Aleshia, who Aaron Looked forward to seeing every day, as well as the rest of the wonderful caretakers who made each day worthwhile.

A private funeral service and burial took place at the Jewish Community Cemetery on July 21, 2016


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Published in The News Journal from Aug. 6 to Aug. 8, 2016
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