George E. Hartwell, Jr.
August 1, 1940 - November 4, 2020
George E. Hartwell, Jr., 80 of Midland, MI, passed away the morning of Tuesday, November 4, 2020. George was born in Port Jervis, NY on August 1, 1940, son of the late George E. Hartwell. Sr. and Henrietta (Dunn) Hartwell.
George's education included a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry from Union College, Schenectady, NY, Master's and Doctoral Degrees in Inorganic Chemistry, working with Professor Theodore L. Brown at the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, and a NATO postdoctoral fellowship with Nobel Laureate, Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, England.
George was an associate professor at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, from 1966-1974, teaching both graduate and undergraduate students. In 1974, George joined The Dow Chemical Company at its research laboratory in Wayland, MA. In 1979, George and his family were transferred to Midland, MI, where he conducted research in catalysis that contributed to new businesses. Throughout his career, he authored 36 publications and received 30 patents. He continued as a Research Scientist until he retired at the end of 2001.
In retirement, George continued to meet with his Dow colleagues for weekly lunches. He also enjoyed pursuing his hobbies of railroading, genealogy, and coin and stamp collecting. Additionally, he spent time with his grandchildren and shared his love for science and his hobbies.
George is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dr. Ieva Ogrins Hartwell, and his two sons, Dr. Peter George Hartwell (Caitlin Darke) and Erik Karl Hartwell and his grandchildren: Alida Laney Hartwell, Peter Perreten Hartwell, and Henry Dunn Hartwell. He is also survived by his sisters: Sylvia (Harold) Brigham of Hernando Beach, FL and Mary Jane (John) Millspaugh of Port Jervis, NY. He is survived by nieces: Lori (Richard) Mai of Matamoras, PA and Shari Hendrick (Clarice Dillon) of Port Jervis, NY; nephews: Harold (Susan) Brigham III of Hernando Beach, FL and James (Geralyn) Hendrick of Plano, TX and their families. George will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
The family has elected to hold a family ceremony on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home in Midland. In accordance with George's wishes, he will be cremated and buried next summer with his parents in Rural Valley Cemetery, Cuddebackville, NY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in his honor to the Steam Railroading Institute at P.O. Box 665, Owosso, MI 48867-0665 (http://www.michigansteamtrain.com/contribute
) or to the donor's charity of choice