Robert R. Dewald | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 95 Issue 8 | p. 36 | Obituaries
Issue Date: February 20, 2017

Robert R. Dewald

Department: ACS News

Robert R. Dewald, 80, died on July 21, 2016, in Winchester, Mass.

“Bob Dewald’s research focused primarily on the kinetics and mechanism of metal-ammonia reductions of organic compounds. His reputation for effective teaching in his freshman chemistry courses was legendary, and he was a model for any young professor who aspired for excellence in teaching the large lower-division courses. In the research laboratory, where Bob had miles of high-vacuum lines with vacuum pumps running 24/7, he taught graduate students the art of fabricating glass apparatus, meticulously conducting experiments, and analyzing data.”—Frederick A. Luzzio, former student

Most recent title: chemistry professor, Tufts University

Education: B.S., chemistry, Central Michigan College, 1958; Ph.D., physical chemistry, Michigan State University, 1963

Survivors: wife, Inge; daughter, Denise; and son, Mark


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