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Paul C. Wilbur

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WILBUR, Paul C. -- Born 19 March 1902, Los Angeles, CA, the third child of Curtis D. Wilbur and Olive D. Wilbur. (Curtis D. Wilbur was a Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, Secretary of the Navy in Calvin Coolidge's Cabinet, and Chief Justice of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals). In 1923, he married Margaret Curtner of Warm Springs, CA. They had two children, Arthur C. Wilbur of Monterey, CA and Paula H. Lindsay of Bakersfield, CA. There are five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, all living. He was widowed in 1999 after 75 years of marriage. Mr. Wilbur has a BA in Chemistry 1923 and a Chem. Eng. Degree in 1924, both from Stanford University. His career was principally in food processing and in the machinery for so doing. He held many patents. His many employments included: Carnegie Coastal Lab (1924); U.C. Berkeley as Teaching Assistant (1925); National Canners Association Lab, San Francisco as Research Chemist (1927); Section Chief at American Can Company, Maywood, Illinois (1931); Director of Research, and, later, General Superintendent at Richmond Chase Co., San Jose, CA (1937); Director of Research, then Vice President, Research, Machinery Division for FMC Corp., San Jose, CA (1942). He retired in 1967, continuing as consultant to FMC until 1971. In addition to the above, he served for 14 years as a Director on the San Jose Hospital Board of Trustees, 11 of those years as President of the Board. From 1964-1980, he was a Director of First Nationwide Bank, and he spent many years as a Director of Beard Land and Investment Co. A major hobby was in the collecting and study of Odonata (dragonflies). He also had an intense interest in space and astronomy, in which he was able to indulge more freely after full retirement. He was never without some interests and projects to pursue. The close family will gather at a later date to mark his passing. There will be no funeral or other formal ceremonial.
Published in San Jose Mercury News on June 10, 2003
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