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John G. Verkade

by Linda Wang
July 18, 2016 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 94, ISSUE 29

John G. Verkade
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Credit: Courtesy of Charlene Verkade
Credit: Courtesy of Charlene Verkade

John G. Verkade, 81, died on April 6 in Ames, Iowa.

“During John’s 53-year career at Iowa State University, beginning in 1960, his collaborations with 25 bachelor’s, 18 master’s, and 37 Ph.D. students and 60 postdoctoral researchers resulted in five books, 21 patents, and 428 papers. He is perhaps best known for his synthesis of Verkade’s superbase, a catalyst for a wide variety of reactions. He won many awards, served on the ACS Board of Directors, and was chair of the editorial board of C&EN and the ACS Publications, Grants & Awards, and CAS Services Committees. For years, his trumpet fanfares convened ACS Council meetings.”—Charlene Verkade, wife

Most recent title: University Professor, department of chemistry, Iowa State University

Education: B.S., chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1956; M.A., chemistry, Harvard University, 1957; Ph.D., inorganic chemistry, UIUC, 1960

Survivors: wife, Charlene; daughters, Elaine and Cyndi; and son, Geoffrey

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