Carl David Gutsche

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Gutsche, Carl David Carl David Gutsche's remarkable 97-year life and career in organic chemistry research came to a natural end on August 28, 2018, in Seattle, WA. David Gutsche was born March 21, 1921 in La Grange Park, IL. He and Alice Eugenia Carr met at Oberlin College, and were married in 1944; on June 4th of this year, Alice and David celebrated 74 years of mutual devotion. During his 42-year career in the Department of Chemistry at Washington University, David Gutsche discovered the significance of calixarenes, a group of compounds capable of assuming a basket-like formation. Calixarenes, a name he derived from the Greek word for vase, or calyx, quickly spawned an extensive field of chemistry which remains active to this day. In 1989 David and Alice left University City and moved to Fort Worth, when David accepted the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry at Texas Christian University. They lived in Academy Village, Tucson, AZ from 2002-2008, then in Indianola and Seattle, WA since 2008. David Gutsche was dedicated to music from childhood when he played piano and oboe. In St. Louis he took up the cello; for many years he met weekly with other musicians to play quartets. David served on the boards of the St. Louis Conservatory of the Arts, the Fort Worth Chamber Music Society, and the Olympic Music Festival. David is survived by his wife Alice (Assisted Living, Horizon House); his brother Graham; his children Clara, Betha, and Christopher; his grandchildren Sarah Gutsche-Miller, Alice Gutsche-Smith, and Oliver Gutsche-Smith, and his greatgranddaughter Hannah Vande Moortele.
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Dec. 2, 2018
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