Joseph Clois Shivers Jr.
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Shivers, Jr., Joseph Clois
Nov. 29, 1920 - Sep. 1, 2014
Joseph Clois Shivers, Jr., age 93, of Venice, FL died on September 1, 2014. He was born in Marleton, NJ on November 29, 1920, and came to the Sarasota area in 1998 from West Chester, PA.
Joseph received his B.Sc., M.A., and Ph.D. (in organic chemistry) from Duke University. During WWII, as a graduate student, he worked with the US Government developing synthetic quinine to help combat malaria for overseas troops. He began working for DuPont in 1946, and his research in synthetic fibers resulted in his invention of Lycra (spandex) - one of the most successful fibers of all time. He was awarded the prestigious Olney Medal for Achievement in Textile Chemistry, and the Lavoisier Medal, the highest honor within the DuPont Company.
Surviving family members include his sons, Jeff and John, and daughter Barbara Carolus. He was preceded in death by his wife Margaret, and sister, Doris, and her husband William. Memorials may be made to Duke University in his name.
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Published in Herald Tribune from Sep. 4 to Sep. 5, 2014.
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September 5, 2014
Dearest Jeff & Barb,
I'm sorry I never knew your Dad...he sounds like you Jeff! My deepest sympathy goes out to you, take care my friends.
Robin Dougan
September 4, 2014
Dear Jeff, Barb and John~
I will always remember Uncle Joe as the quiet, gentle man beside crazy, fun Aunt Maggie. What an incredible life they had. It is so hard to lose your parents; but I pray that the memories you have of your dad..and of your whole family together...overshadow your pain.
With Love to all~
cousin Dedie Wright
September 4, 2014
Jeff,Barb and all of the Shivers family.
Your father was truly a Great Man! The mentioned contributions he made to the world I'm sure were just a few. He served all of humanity. Thank God he did not suffer before passing.
Grieving will not ever go away but always remember the good years you had with him. They were happy times.
Here for you 24/7 so call any time if I can help.

Al Thompson
September 4, 2014
As Aunt Maggie used to call Uncle Joe, bear where are you bear? That is what I always think of when I think of them and it always brings a big smile to my face. Your dad was a gentle soul who was always thoughtful and kind, even as a kid. And as an adult I grew to appreciate the talent and intelligence of the man. I was lucky to have had him in my life. God bless Uncle Joe.
Carol Burke
September 4, 2014
What an interesting, brilliant man, Jeffrey! I'm sorry that I never knew him. And what contributions to humanity he made! Spandex----wow--- that's huge!! If I ever knew he, also, had graduated from Duke I'd forgotten. You and Barb certainly have deep ties there. Clois is French, non? See, that explains your love of the language....or not. You and your family have my thoughts and condolences. It's difficult to lose a parent, always painful. Sincerely, Sherry
Sherry Crosby
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