Wayne A. Bryant, a retired chemist and production manager for SCM Chemicals, died of a heart attack Thursday at North Arundel Hospital. He was 72 and lived in Annapolis.
Born in Wewoka, Okla., and raised in Booneville, Ark., Mr. Bryant served in the late 1940s and early 1950s as an electrician in the Navy.
After being discharged as a chief warrant officer, he earned his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Central State University in Edmond, Okla., in 1954.
In 1954, he began his career as a chemist working for Freeport Sulphur Chemicals in Freeport, Texas, and later was transferred to a subsidiary of the company in Moa Bay, Cuba.
After being forced to flee the country after the rise of Fidel Castro, Mr. Bryant returned to Texas.
In 1967, he moved to Columbia and went to work for Glidden Paint Co. in Baltimore, which was later purchased by SCM Chemicals. At the time of his 1992 retirement, he was production manager for the company.
Mr. Bryant was an avid golfer and world traveler.
Services are private.
Mr. Bryant is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Reva Ruth Snoddy; and a son, Michael D. Bryant, who is serving with the Navy in Italy.