Richard Saferstein | November 6, 2017 Issue - Vol. 95 Issue 44 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 95 Issue 44 | p. 44 | Obituaries
Issue Date: November 6, 2017

Obituary: Richard Saferstein

Department: ACS News
Keywords: ACS News, obituaries

Richard Saferstein, 76, died on July 28 in Mount Laurel, N.J.

“Rich ran the N.J. State Police crime labs from 1970 to 1991. Upon his retirement in 1991, he started his own consulting business, which he was still working at full-time. He worked on numerous high-profile cases and wrote several forensic science textbooks, the most famous being “Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensic Science.” This is the leading textbook in the field in the U.S. Richard appeared in over 1,000 courts as an expert witness and published numerous articles throughout his career.”—Gail Saferstein, wife

Most recent title: forensic science consultant

Education: B.S., chemistry, 1963, and Ph.D., organic chemistry, 1970, City College of New York

Survivors: wife, Gail; daughter, Sharon; son, Neal; two grandchildren

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