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In Memoriam

 

Neil N. Ault, 1923–2016

 

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From 2008 (left to right)—Harry Strock, Lou Trostel, and Neil Ault present a check from the New England Section Neil N. Ault Education Fund to Carol Sullivan, Wachusetts Regional High School science department chair. Credit: ACerS NE Section

 

Neil Ault, ACerS Fellow and Distinguished Life Member, died in his sleep on Feb. 11, 2016 at the age of 93.

 

Ault’s life bears witness to what can be accomplished by commitment and follow-through.

 

Ault, originally from Findlay, Ohio, earned his Ph.D. in ceramic engineering from Ohio State University in 1950. On graduating, he took a position with Norton Company in Worcester, Mass., and stayed with the company until he retired in 1987 at the age of 65.

 

His obituary states that he enjoyed “pondering what the future might look like 100 years from now.” But, more than pondering, he invested himself heavily in the people who could make that future a century out happen.

 

When the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik in 1957, the Wachusett Regional School District, where Ault and his family lived in central Massachussetts, decided to “do something” to prepare the next generation of students for careers in science.

 

Because they recruited Ault to participate, the program has been preparing that “next generation” since 1959—57 years!

 

Today’s Science Seminar was one of the first programs supported by the Joe Berg Foundation, founded in 1957 in direct response to Sputnik. The Foundation’s mission was to to encourage advanced high school students and help build their science and engineering skills.

 

The first Wachusett Regional High School (WRHS) Science Seminar selected an elite group of 12 students, who were guided by six advisors from the community. Ault was one of the founding six advisors recruited in 1959, and he continued to serve as an advisor until his death. (Fellow ACerS members and neighbors Louis Trostel and Harry Strock also became advisors, serving 50 and 31 years respectively.) At its peak, the Joe Berg Foundation boasted 700 Science Seminar programs in United States high schools. Today two remain: Neil Ault’s at WRHS and a program in Florida.

 

Marina Pascucci, ACerS past president, says, “Neil made a commitment to Science Seminar and followed through. He gave it his all.” The program has impacted well over 1,000 students under the guidance of more than 50 advisors since its inception.

 

Besides his work with high school students, Ault “was a constant in the Northeast Section” of ACerS, according to Pascucci. He rarely missed a Section meeting, to which he carpooled with his pals, Trostel and Strock.

 

“He will always be remembered as a wise counselor to the New England Section—asking insightful questions of our speakers, concerned with the business and the future of the Section, and offering praise and constructive criticism, and engaging with young people whenever possible,” she says. In 1998, the NE Section established the Neil N. Ault Education Fund to help students from the WRHS Science Seminar attend state and regional science fairs. 

 

“He was a very open guy. Everyone in the Section knew him; he was always approachable. He will be missed very much,” says Pascucci.

 

Ault leaves Anne, his wife of nearly 70 years, a daughter, two sons and their families, including two grandchildren. And thousands of high school students whose lives and careers he touched and helped form.

 

 

The following deceased ACerS members are organized as their information is received.

 

Larry Hench

 

Joel Moskowitz

 

S. Donald Stookey

 

Warren W. Wolf

 

J. Lambert Bates

 

Robert W. Richards

 

Marija Kosec

 

Leslie J. Bowen

 

Irv Gower

 

Matthew Kerper

 

Thomas J. Mroz

 

Alan Searcy

 

Irvin F. Havens

 

C. Rogers Westlake

 

Torstein Utigard

 

William “Bill” Bates

 

John A. Cable

 

Reldon Cooper

 

Charles J. Deignan Sr.

 

Robert Hatch

 

Coy L. Huffine

 

Gordon H. Johnson

 

Lyle E. Shoot

 

Seymour A. Bortz

 

Gian Nicola Babini (former president of International Ceramic Federation, the European Ceramic Society and organizer of ICC2)

 

Andre Ezis

 

Henry M. O’Bryan Jr.

 

Jules Routbort

 

Eva Zeisel (honory member)

 

Gary Schlager

 

Harrison Corbin Van Cott

 

Alan Franklin

 

Wendell S. Williams

 

Robert C. Weedy

 

Roy Victor Harrington

 

Robert L. Snyder

 

Russell L. Yeckley

 

Charles Venable Jr.

 

G. S. Dhami

 

 

Fennimore Nelson Bradley

 

Roy W. Rice

 

Gunter Hermann

 

John Randall Wheeler

 

Tsuneharu Ogasawara

 

Elizabeth “Beth” Judson

 

Yoshiro Harada

 

James Dean Welterlen

 

Rustum Roy

 

Roy E. Gorton Sr.

 

Osgood James Whittemore

 

George Kepka

 

George C. Steer

 

Robert J. Long

 

Jay Comeforo

 

Norman K. Russell

 

William Brown

 

Kenneth Lawrence “Larry” Stover

 

Frederick F. Lange

 

Winston Duckworth

 

Charles Bachman

 

David R. Watson

 

James G. Gibson

 

John S. Haggerty

 

Robert K. Longritz

 

Francis (Fritz) W. Henry

 

James J. Mattis

 

Richard Renskers

 

Silas Larson

 

James V. Jones

 

Anthony G. Evans

 

Peter J. Hoagland

 

L.W. Coughanour

 

Stephan Mitoff

 

J. Walter Szymaszek

 

Robert Newnham

 

David W. Kellerman

 

Randall C. Ragan

 

Janet B. Quinn

 

Basil G. Staples

 

Walter Bennett

 

Edward P. Schauss

 

Henry Paul Kirchner

 

Carlton H. Hogue

 

Edgar Ronald Tostevin

 

Alfred Dube

 

Megumi Tashiro

 

Ronald Stanton Gordon

 

Robert H. Doremus

 

John “Jay” P. Gleason Jr

 

Helmut Franz

 

Please contact Eileen De Guire with questions or to provide a notice or update.


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