Obituary: Richard H. Hales | August 7, 2017 Issue - Vol. 95 Issue 32 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 95 Issue 32 | p. 36 | Obituaries
Issue Date: August 7, 2017

Obituary: Richard H. Hales

Department: ACS News
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Richard H. Hales
Credit: Courtesy of Karen Hales
Photo of Richard H. Hales.
Richard H. Hales
Credit: Courtesy of Karen Hales

Richard H. Hales, 74, died on June 17 in West Jordan, Utah.

“Richard worked for a year at the University of Utah as a postdoctoral research fellow and then taught chemistry in Mérida, Venezuela, for two years. After returning to the U.S., he spent the rest of his working life in Utah as an industrial researcher in the areas of biomedical test development, organic chemical synthesis, industrial explosives, and military propellants. Richard loved first his God, second his family, and third the people, culture, and language of South America.”—Karen Hales, wife

Most recent title: scientist, ATK Thiokol Propulsion

Education: B.S., chemistry, 1967, and Ph.D., organic chemistry, 1970, Brigham Young University

Survivors: wife, Karen; daughters, Cristy Abbott, Mandy Gibbs, and Traci; sons, Brent, Brad, and Matt

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