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Obituary: William J. Ambs

by Linda Wang
July 10, 2017 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 95, ISSUE 28

William J. Ambs
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Credit: Courtesy of Caroline Ambs Niesley
Credit: Courtesy of Caroline Ambs Niesley

William J. Ambs, 87, died on April 8 in Lansdale, Pa.

“In his last days, dad recited from the Latin Mass. A man of faith and science, dad believed God created the laws of the natural world. In 2008, a professor wrote concerning dad’s 1952 paper in the Journal of Organic Chemistry on molecules with knots. It was a proud moment to discover something of lasting value, but dad already had faith. Dad said, ‘I will go to the altar of God. To God who giveth joy to my youth.’ ”—Caroline Ambs Niesley, daughter

Most recent title: SEI systems engineer, Lockheed Martin

Education: B.S., chemistry, Villanova University, 1952; M.S., chemistry, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1954; Ph.D., physical chemistry, Catholic University of America, 1961

Survivors: daughter, Caroline Ambs Niesley

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