Alexander M. Cruickshank | November 6, 2017 Issue - Vol. 95 Issue 44 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 95 Issue 44 | pp. 43-44 | Obituaries
Issue Date: November 6, 2017

Obituary: Alexander M. Cruickshank

Department: ACS News
Keywords: ACS News, obituaries

Alexander M. (Alex) Cruickshank, 97, died on June 10 in Westerly, R.I.

“Alex joined the chemistry department at the University of Rhode Island in the 1940s and rose through the ranks to professor and chair, retiring in 1982. Starting in 1947, he also worked in a parallel role on the staff of the Gordon Research Conferences (GRC). In 1968, Alex became director of GRC, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 1993. During his 25 years as director, GRC expanded its conferences geographically to California, Europe, and Asia and grew the meeting portfolio in scientific breadth as well.”—Carlyle Storm, friend and colleague

Most recent title: director, Gordon Research Conferences

Education: B.S., chemistry, Rhode Island State College, Kingston, 1943; Ph.D., chemistry, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1954

Survivors: daughter, Elaine O’Neill; son, Gary; four grandchildren

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Robert Buntrock (November 16, 2017 3:02 PM)
I was fortunate to have attended Gordon Conferences in '67 (Heterocyclic) and '72 (Information) and Alexander was a gracious host and fixture. Later, in the '80s, I regularly attended ACS meetings. Amoco was an original sponsor of the conferences. One evening per meeting, the GC hosted a sponsor's dinner for delegates who actually had a vote on some matters. I was never in management but since managers never went to either meeting, for several years I was the Amoco delegate. Got to meet a lot of key people, including grad school colleagues, and Alexander himself. The perfect gentleman, the face of the GC for decades. He'll be missed.

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