Obituary: Howard W. Whitlock Jr | February 5, 2018 Issue - Vol. 96 Issue 6 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 96 Issue 6 | p. 35 | Obituaries
Issue Date: February 5, 2018

Obituary: Howard W. Whitlock Jr

Department: ACS News
Keywords: ACS News, obituaries

Howard W. Whitlock Jr., 80, died on Jan. 27, 2017, in Madison, Wis.

“Howard received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1961, shortly after his mentor, W. S. Johnson, moved to Stanford. Howard joined the organic chemistry faculty at Wisconsin, serving until his retirement in 2009. He possessed exceptional creativity, and his research contributions touched a broad spectrum of organic chemistry, including alkaloid synthesis, stereochemistry, and conformational analysis (synthesis of twistane), porphyrins, organometallic chemistry, host-guest chemistry, and early efforts to develop computer algorithms for the design of organic syntheses. He could be irascible or disarmingly warm and congenial. I will always remember the twinkle in his eye.”—Robert McMahon, friend and colleague

Most recent title: professor emeritus of chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Education: B.S., chemistry, University of Maryland, College Park, 1957; Ph.D., chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1961

Survivors: wife, Barbara; daughter, Barbara; two grandchildren; predeceased by son, Robert

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