Obituary: Nelson F. Getchell | July 17, 2017 Issue - Vol. 95 Issue 29 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 95 Issue 29 | p. 36
Issue Date: July 17, 2017

Obituary: Nelson F. Getchell

Department: ACS News
Keywords: obituaries, ACS News
Nelson Getchell.
Credit: Courtesy of Sarah Johnson
A photo of Nelson Getchell.
Nelson Getchell.
Credit: Courtesy of Sarah Johnson

Nelson F. Getchell, 100, died on Nov. 14, 2016, in Seneca, S.C.

“Nelson Fletcher Getchell was a research textile chemist, working mostly with cotton and hemp. He received his training at Lowell Technological Institute, earning his degree in 1938. He worked for Sanford in Maine, then the Ludlow Company in Massachusetts during the 1940s and early 1950s. Ludlow sent him to its offices in India, where he learned about the processing of hemp. He returned and worked for Ludlow. In the 1950s he worked for the National Cotton Council in Washington, D.C. He ended his career at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he worked with textile production.”—Sarah Johnson, trustee

Most recent title: chemist, USDA

Education: B.S., chemistry, Lowell Technological Institute (now the University of Massachusetts, Lowell), 1938

Survivors: predeceased by wife, Martha

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