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Peter F. King

by Susan J. Ainsworth
April 7, 2014 | A version of this story appeared in Volume 92, Issue 14

Peter F. King, 84, a retired Henkel researcher from Union City, Ind., died on Nov. 2, 2013, in Winchester, Ind.

Born in New York City, King earned a B.S. in 1951 and an M.S. in 1952, both in chemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington. He earned a Ph.D. in metallurgy in 1957 from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He then began work as a metallurgist at Dow Chemical in Midland, Mich., where he worked on magnesium batteries.

In 1965, King accepted a coatings research position at Parker Rust-Proof Co., a unit of Parker Chemicals, which Henkel acquired in 1987. He retired from Henkel in 1991.

King was an emeritus member of ACS, joining in 1956. He was also a member of the Electrochemical Society.

He was active within his church and as a leader in the Boy Scouts organization and was a devoted Yankees fan.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Ellen; daughter, Katherine Gyro; sons, Kenneth and Karl; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Obituary notices of no more than 300 words may be sent to Susan J. Ainsworth at and should include an educational and professional history.


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