Gilbert W. Castellan, 71, UM chemistry professorGilbert W...

January 10, 1996

Gilbert W. Castellan, 71, UM chemistry professor

Gilbert W. Castellan, professor emeritus in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland College Park, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 3 at his Silver Spring residence. He was 71.

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Castellan held several administrative positions at UM, including associate dean of the graduate school and associate chairman of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He also chaired a committee that proposed the Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies' Horn Point Environmental Laboratory in Cambridge.

Dr. Castellan joined UM as a professor of chemistry in 1969 and retired in 1991. At his retirement, he received the Robert Rowan III Memorial Award for outstanding service to the department.

The Denver native graduated summa cum laude from Regis College of Colorado and earned doctorates in physical chemistry, mathematics and chemistry at the Catholic University America in 1949. He began teaching at Catholic the next year.

He received post-doctoral fellowships from the Atomic Energy Commission and the National Science Foundation. His professional memberships included the American Chemical Society, the American Physical Society, the Society of Sigma Xi, the Electrochemical Society, and the American Association of University Professors.

His textbook "Physical Chemistry" was widely used in the United States and was translated into several languages.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at Resurrection Roman Catholic Church, Old Columbia Pike and Greencastle Road in Burtonsville, where he was a communicant.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, the former Joan McDonald; three sons, William Castellan of Silver Spring, Stephen Castellan of Eagle, Pa., and David Castellan of Okinawa, Japan; a daughter, Susan Castellan of Columbia; a brother, Norman Castellan of Sacramento, Calif.; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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