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Obituary: Margaret Agnes Jevnik Gentles

by Linda Wang
November 21, 2020 | A version of this story appeared in Volume 98, Issue 45

Photo of Margaret Agnes Jevnik Gentles.
Credit: Courtesy of Janet Gentles Larkin
Margaret Agnes Jevnik Gentles

Margaret Agnes Jevnik Gentles, 92, died Aug. 9 in Newton, New Jersey.

“She was an amazing woman, wife, mother, grandmother, sibling, friend, student, and chemist—a joy and gift to all whom she graced with her presence. She had many great achievements working as a research chemist for Schering-Plough, but her finest was being a member of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine team that discovered both cortisone and prednisone. She was kind, caring, polite, generous, and extremely intelligent. She led her life with an open mind, loved to read and learn, and had a great spiritual connection. Her great mind was fully functioning until just before her body failed.”—Janet Gentles Larkin, daughter

Most recent title: Research chemist, ­Schering-Plough

Education: BS, chemistry, and BA, theology, Caldwell College (now University), 1950; MA, chemistry, Smith College, 1954

Survivors: Daughters, Grace Gentles Bloise, Mary Gentles DeMoss, Janet Gentles Larkin, Regina Gentles Sherman, Adrienne Wallendal, and Cicely; sons, David and Robert; 20 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren

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