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Ruskin Longworth

AGE: 88 • Greenville, Del.

Ruskin Longworth died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on March 26th after a short illness. He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Joyce Kettaneh Longworth, his daughters and sons-in-law Monica Longworth and Michael Coyne, Kim Longworth and Jim Wallis, Jennifer Longworth and Matt Meyer, Alys Longworth and Jon Hope, as well as six grandchildren, Aidan and Glynis Coyne, Aubrey and Noel Meyer, Jacqueline and Alexander Wallis.

Ruskin was born in Oldham, England to the late John Ruskin Longworth and Elsie (Smith) Longworth. He was 88 years old. He attended the Enfield Grammar School in North London 1939-1946, and received his B.Sc. from Southwest Technical College in 1950. He came to the United States in 1952 to do graduate work at Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute until 1955, continued research at the University of Leiden 1955-1956, and was awarded his Ph.D. from the University of London in 1956.

He married Joyce in 1957, joining the DuPont Company's Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware. He and Joyce made Wilmington their home, building their house together in 1961. He worked at DuPont for 28 years in Plastics Research, specializing in ionic polymers. He was the author of several articles and book chapters on the subject, and specifically two chapters on ionomers.

Ruskin was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a member of the American Chemical Society. He brought his scientific bent of mind to all his interests and endeavors. In addition to chemistry, Ruskin had a lifelong interest in gardening, sailing, poetry, books, music and cooking. After retiring in 1985, he enjoyed spending time with his wife, children and especially his grandchildren, in particular at their vacation home in Chatham, Cape Cod.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Saint Joseph on the Brandywine 10 Old Church Road, Greenville, DE, 19807 on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 10:30 am. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ruskin's honor to the Visiting Nurse Association of Christiana Care . Checks may be also made payable to the Visiting Nurse Association and be mailed to Christiana Care Health System, Office of Development, 13 Reads Way, Suite 203, New Castle, DE 19720.

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Published in The News Journal from Mar. 29 to Mar. 31, 2016
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