September 23, 2003
George P. Smith, a retired chemical engineer, died Sunday of a rare form of blood cancer at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air. The Perry Hall resident was 82. Born in Baltimore and raised on South Ellwood Avenue, he was a 1939 graduate of City College and earned an engineering degree from Villanova University in Villanova, Pa. He served in the Navy during World War II and in 1947 became a chemical engineer at Edgewood Arsenal. He worked on the development of air filters to protect against chemical and biological agents.
January 25, 2006
John C. Van Horn, a retired chemical engineer and computer enthusiast, died of kidney failure Thursday at the Vantage House Retirement Community in Columbia. He was 86. Mr. Van Horn was born and raised in Indianapolis and earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering from Purdue University - both in 1941. He served aboard a Navy destroyer in the Pacific during World War II, attaining the rank of lieutenant, then joined Dow Chemical Co. He headed its chemical product development division and later served as president of Dow Quimica Argentina in Buenos Aires.
June 26, 2002
Nicholas Salvatore Capasso, a retired chemical engineer and volunteer, died of cancer Saturday at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace. He was 82. The longtime Bel Air resident began working at Edgewood Arsenal in 1962, where he supervised the development and disposal of chemical and biological munitions. He retired in 1981. After retiring, he was a consultant to Foster-Miller Inc., a Waltham, Mass., engineering firm, and ITT Research Institute in Chicago. Mr. Capasso was born in New York City and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he graduated from Manual Training High School.
October 21, 2005
Daniel Frederick Reisenweber, a chemical engineer and World War II veteran, died of BOOP disease, an inflammation of the lungs, Sunday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The longtime Towson resident was 85. Mr. Reisenweber was born and raised in Baltimore and graduated in 1937 from Polytechnic Institute. He began his college studies at the Johns Hopkins University and in the summer of 1941 was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army. Mr. Reisenweber served in England with the Army and later was commander of Camp Lucky Strike in France, where he oversaw German prisoners of war. He attained the rank of captain and after the war remained active in the Army Reserve, where he was promoted to major.
July 29, 2008
W. Paul Henderson, a retired chemical engineer and boater, died of heart failure July 18 at Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. The Bel Air resident was 92. Mr. Henderson was born in Baltimore and raised in the Lake Montebello neighborhood. He was a 1935 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and attended the Johns Hopkins University. "Even though he was offered a full commission as a lieutenant in the Navy, he was asked to forfeit his commission and use his chemical engineering background to work on the research for the proximity fuse," said his son, Bruce W. Henderson of Indianapolis.
September 12, 2005
Robert E. Mason, a retired chemical engineer at Pemco Products Group, died of complications from cancer Sept. 5 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 78 and was a longtime resident of Northeast Baltimore. He was born in Cleveland and moved to Baltimore when he was 5. He became interested in chemistry and studied the subject at Calvert Hall College High School. He graduated in 1945. Mr. Mason enlisted in the Navy and served in Illinois and California before becoming a radio operator aboard the USS Nicholson, a destroyer.