Marlin U. Zimmerman Jr.

Chemical engineer and business consultant

May 28, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Marlin U. Zimmerman Jr., a retired chemical engineer and business consultant, died May 23 from complications of dementia at Genesis Healthcare in Easton. He was 86.

Mr. Zimmerman was born in Akron, Ohio, and raised in Easton, where his father was principal of Easton High School and his mother was a homemaker.

After graduating from Easton High School in 1940, he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1944 from the Johns Hopkins University. In 1966, he earned a master's degree in business from the Harvard Business School.

From 1944 to 1964, he worked in Cleveland for Standard Oil of Ohio, and from 1966 to 1969, was manager of long-term planning for the Norton Co. in Worcester, Mass., manufacturers of abrasives.

During the early 1970s, he moved to New York City, where he worked for John Van Der Valk Associates, and later became a private consultant for the Chungju Fertilizer Co. in South Korea, London and finally Houston.

Mr. Zimmerman, who moved to Easton in the late 1970s, held several patents including one for an oil shale process. He was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

He was a member of the Johns Hopkins Club and the Tudor and Stuart Club.

Mr. Zimmerman enjoyed traveling, photography and reading.

He was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 100 Peachblossom Road, Easton, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. June 5.

Surviving are several cousins.

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