Albert William Tiedemann Jr., chemist, dies

Warner Lambert chemist was active in the Naval Reserve

  • Albert W. Tiedemann Jr.
Albert W. Tiedemann Jr.
April 30, 2011|By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Dr. Albert William Tiedemann Jr., the retired chief chemist for the maker of Bromo Seltzer, who was active in the Naval Reserve, died of pneumonia April 20 at Franklin Square Hospital Center. He was 86 and lived in Parkville.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Eutaw Place and in Hamilton, he attended Immaculate Conception School and was a 1942 Loyola High School graduate. He then joined the Navy and attended programs at Mount St. Mary's University and the University of Notre Dame.

He served as an ensign in the Southwest Pacific during World War II and was later a founder of the Naval Reserve Association. He received its Meritorious Service Award. He left military service as a captain.

Dr. Tiedemann earned a chemistry degree at Loyola University, a master's degree from New York University and a doctorate from Georgetown University. Family members said he specialized in analytical chemistry, biochemistry and forensic toxicology.

Dr. Tiedemann was a chemistry instructor at the old Mount St. Agnes College and then joined the old Emerson Drug Co. as a research chemist. When Emerson became a Warner-Lambert Pharmaceutical division, he was named chief chemist. He later worked at Hercules Inc., at its Allegheny Ballistics Laboratory in Rocket Center, W.Va., and at Virginia Army Ammunition Plant, among other positions.

He retired as the director of consolidated labs for the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of General Services. He was also a scientific consultant.

In 2004, he returned to Maryland and lived at the Oak Crest Village Retirement Community.

Services at Arlington National Cemetery are pending.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Mary Therese Sellmayer; two sons, A. William Tiedemann III and David Tiedemann, both of Richmond, Va.; two daughters, Dr. Marie Therese Tiedemann of Richmond and Donna Carosella of Pittsburgh; and five grandchildren.

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