ELI PEARCE

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PEARCE--Eli M., 86, on May 18. A resident of Manhattan and beloved husband of the late Judith Handler Pearce. Son of Samuel Perlmutter and Sarah Reitzen. Brother of Jay Horowitz and the late Marlene Moskowitz. Father of Dr. Debra Pearce McCall (and Scott) and Russell Gane Pearce (and Michele Hirshman). Stepfather of Michael Ruby (and Louisa) and Elizabeth Ruby Lyden (and John). Grandfather of Kyle and Alexander McCall; Seth and Jacob Pearce; Charlotte, Emily and Natalie Ruby; and Karl, Grace and Clara Lyden. Close family friend of Susan Ei. Born in Brooklyn, Eli attended Boys High School, earned a B.S. from Brooklyn College, an M.S. from New York University and a Ph.D. from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now NYU Poly). After working as an industrial chemist at DuPont, J.T. Baker and Allied Chemical, he joined Polytechnic in 1974 as Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. He later served as Chemistry Department Head, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Director of the Polymer Research Institute. Elected President of the American Chemical Society in 2002, he led efforts to increase the numbers and influence of women and people of color in the field of chemistry, and to revitalize chemistry education. Funeral at Frank E. Campbell (81st and Madison) at 11:30am, Friday, May 22. Interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Hawthorne, NY, 10532. Memorial gathering on Monday, May 25 from 8:15pm until 10pm and Tuesday May 26 from 2pm to 5pm and 6:30pm to 9:30pm at the home of Russell Pearce. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Chemical Society Scholars Program for college students from underrepresented backgrounds, http://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/about/makedonation

/scholarsprogram.html.

Published in The New York Times on May 21, 2015
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