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Francis J. Honn

by Linda Wang
October 3, 2016 | A version of this story appeared in Volume 94, Issue 39

Francis Honn
Credit: Courtesy of the Honn family
Photo of a man.
Credit: Courtesy of the Honn family

Francis J. Honn, 94, died on July 2 in West Caldwell, N.J.

“A holder of over 25 patents, Honn is a 60-year veteran of the chemical industry. A member of ACS, he was president of the Commercial Development Association and was awarded the Golden C for his invention of the Hi-Liter and pioneering work in fluoroelastomers. He spent 40 years as an industry executive with M.W. Kellogg, 3M, Carter’s Ink, Olin, Henkel, and BASF. He shared a love of classical music with his beloved wife of 66 years, Alyce. At age 87, he wrote a 250-page memoir. He was president of his senior living facility and at 93 lectured on the technology of ancient Greece.”—Cynthia Hillas, daughter

Most recent title: professor of pharmaceutical and chemical studies, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Education: B.S., chemistry, John Carroll University, 1942; M.S., chemistry, ­Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, 1946; Ph.D., chemistry, University of Pittsburgh, 1951

Survivors: daughter, Cynthia; sons, Gregory and David; and four grandchildren

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