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Marion Burg

AGE: 94 • Wilmington, DE

Dr. Marion Burg, age 94, of Wilmington, DE passed away September 28, 2015.

Born in Connecticut, Marion was the daughter of Benjamin and Clara Burg. Growing up in Queens, New York, Marion graduated from the Julia Richman High School and received her B.S. in Chemistry from Queens College in 1942. Cornell University awarded her a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1947 for studying chemistry of anti-malarials. Her post-doctoral research was in the laboratory of A. C. Cope at MIT on the fundamentals properties of cyclooctatetraenes. As a result of this work Marion published several papers and was granted the first of 19 U.S. Patents she would receive during her professional career.

Marion returned to Queens College as a Chemistry instructor and then in 1951 joined the Photo Products Department of the DuPont Company in Parlin, New Jersey. Her research in polyesters and polymeric admides ultimately led to the successful commercialization of organic systems. In 1960 Marion was transferred to the Central Research Department in Wilmington, Delaware and then to the Experimental Station where she continued organic photoproducts research until her retirement as a Senior Research Associate in 1984. In addition to her research, Marion mentored and championed other women pursuing science careers and maintained lifelong contacts with her associates.

Dancing was one of Marion's passions. In 2013, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute awarded her an Instructor Recognition Lifetime Achievement for having taught over 30 semesters of folk dancing. In addition to teaching. She participated in several courses each year on a variety of subjects. An avid member of the Delaware Trail Club, Marion also regularly attended performances of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Delaware Theatre Company.

For over 30 years, Marion volunteered weekly at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children where she read to and entertained children awaiting treatment. Monthly, she also supervised lunch preparation at the Emmanual Dining Room.

Marion is survived by her brother, Henry "Hank" Burg of Queens, New York and her sister, Ruth Ellis of Sacramento, California; several nieces and nephews, plus grand nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her close friends and extended family, Joan and Alan Dubin, their sons, Marc (Marina) and Dan (Grace) and 4 grandchildren. Marion leaves a wide circle of friends all of whose lives were enriched and uplifted by her acquaintance.

Throughout her life, Marion shared her home with feline companions. For those wishing to make a memorial contributions, donations to the Delaware Humane Association, 701 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 would be appreciated.

Respecting Marion's wishes, there will be no public services. Mealey Funeral Home is handling arrangements. (302) 652-5913

Published in The News Journal from Oct. 2 to Oct. 4, 2015
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