Harold Aaron Wittcoff Ph.D.
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Wittcoff, Harold Aaron, Ph.D. Born July 3, 1918 - Died March 11, 2013 Born in Marion, Indiana, resident of Minneapolis, New York, London and Omer, Israel. Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Acclaimed scientist, noted educator, author, lecturer and intrepid traveler. Dr. Wittcoff attended Marion High School, graduated magna cum laude from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, and earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Northwestern University. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program of Harvard University and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and Phi Eta Sigma honorary fraternities. Harold began working as a chemist for General Mills in 1943 and retired as Vice President and Director of Corporate Research in 1979. During this period he became the author/co-author of 130 patents and published the first of his eight books and more than 60 technical publications. Dr. Wittcoff was an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota from 1973 to 1982, Adjunct Professor of Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel from 1980 to 2005, lecturer at Oxford University, Oxford, U.K. and visiting professor at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand from 1995 to 2005. From 1979 until 1982 he was the Director of Research and Development at Koor Chemicals in Be'er Sheva, Israel. From 1982 to 2009 he served as the Director for Process Evaluation and Research Planning for Chem Systems of Tarrytown, NY, which became Nexant of White Plains, NY. As Scientific Adviser to Nexant, he developed more than 300 three-day short courses in industrial chemistry which he presented in twenty-eight countries around the globe. Harold Wittcoff was preceded in death by his parents, Morris Wittcoff and Bessie Pruss Wittcoff; and his sister, Nettie Wittcoff. He is survived by his wife of sixty-seven years, Dorothy Brochin Wittcoff; sons, Michael (Adele) Sherman, Ralph (Mikel Clifford) Wittcoff, and Ted (Cindy) Wittcoff; grandchildren, Ron Sherman, Mark Sherman, Wendy Downes, Michelle Kuhl, and Bessie Goldberg; and great-grandchildren Rebecca, Hannah and Ari Sherman, Jordan and Zeke Kuhl, and Odelya Goldberg. Funeral service Thursday 11 AM at ADATH JESHURUN CONGREGATION, 10500 Hillside Ln. W., Mtka. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in memory of Harold Wittcoff be made to the Dorothy and Harold Wittcoff Fund for Science Education at the Heilicher Minneapolis Jewish Day School, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Rd., St. Louis Park, MN 55416. SHIVA, Roitenberg Residence, 3610 Phillips Pkwy, St. Louis Park (Thurs. 6 PM and Sat. 7 PM). Hodroff-Epstein 612-871-1234 www.hodroffepstein.com

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Published in Star Tribune from Mar. 12 to Mar. 13, 2013.
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March 6, 2021
Hard to believe that it has been this long since Harold's passing. The current situation would, however, have driven him crazy -- he loved travel and would not be pleased at our current limitations. I remember well the detailed memos he kept of his trips. Warmest wishes and love to the family.
Gary Schoener
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March 6, 2021
We remember our special friend Harold and repeat our thoughts expressed eight years ago and continue to keep him and Dorothy in our thoughts...nice memories.

Harold was an extraordinary gentleman of the öld school" yet very much a man of the 21st century. We will miss his gentle warmth and mastery of so much which he shared in our friendship.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ted and Cindy, Ralph and Mikel and all the Wittcoff family.
Bob and Debbie Jaffe
Bob & Debbie Jaffe
Friend
July 22, 2013
I worked at General Mills for part of the time Harold was there. What an outstanding individual who was personable to all regardless of where they stood on the pecking order. He loved to share his knowledge. My sympathy to the family. However, 95 years has to be one long, full life!
Bob Esse
April 23, 2013
To the Wittcoff Family, I was saddened to hear of Harold's passing. I worked with him at Chem Systems (secretary) and attended many of his seminars. He was a pleasure to work for.

Harold was a most unusual man, kind, intellegent, and one of a kind. There is more and I could go on and on. I shall miss him very much. Harold, held a special place in my heart.

With warmest thoughts to all of you and deepest sympathy. My love to Dorothy.

Terese Castracan
March 17, 2013
Our sympathy to all of you. So glad to have met him at Ted and Cindy's wedding reception. Love to you all. Al and Carol Samuelson
March 14, 2013
Dorothy, Ted, Ralph, and family-- I have tons of fond memories which the service today revived. Harold was a remarkable man, but the same is true for all of you. What is a blessing is how different you all are adn all of the different ways you enrich the world. Warmest wishes to all of you.
Gary Schoener
March 13, 2013
Michelle, What an amazing man. A library. I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers,
Love
Ellen Feldman
March 13, 2013
Harold was an extraordinary gentleman of the öld school" yet very much a man of the 21st century. We will miss his gentle warmth and mastery of so much which he shared in our friendship.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dorothy, Ted and Cindy, Ralph and Mikel and all the Wittcoff family.
Bob and Debbie Jaffe
Bob & Debbie Jaffe
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