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June 10th, 2009

Robert Doremus

Published on June 10th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Robert H. Doremus, Professor Emeritus of Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute, died suddenly on January 30, 2008 in Florida. He had been a
member of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering since
1971, and was nationally recognized as a leader in glass and ceramic
science research.

Doremus held the title of New York State Science and
Technology Foundation Professor of Glass and Ceramics until his
retirement. His death is a loss to the Institute and to us all. He was
a member of The American Ceramic Society, The Materials Research
Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He was the recipient of both the Fulbright and Ramsey fellowships for
study at Cambridge University. and was a Fellow of the American Ceramic
Society. He served the Society as the Glass Division Editor (1975-78),
and the Chairman of the Glass Division (1981-82)). He received the Ross
Coffin Purdy Award (1977), the Outstanding Educator Award (1978) and
the George W. Morey Award (2002) from the Society. He received numerous
educator awards from Rensselaer, including Outstanding Educator Award
(1978), the William H. Wiley Distinguished Faculty Award (1985) and the
Trustees Teaching Award (1997). He authored several books, including
“Glass Science,”  “Diffusion of Reactive Molecules in Solids and
Melts,” and “Ceramic and Glass Materials.”

Doremus was an
outstanding teacher, and was very dedicated to Rensselaer and his
students. He retired in 2003, but continued teaching thermodynamics
classes until the end of 2007. He was a very committed member of the
Messiah Lutheran Church, was involved as a deacon and taught for
many years in Sunday schools. It was an important part of his life.

Doremus is survived by his wife of 51 years, Germaine, and
their four children, Marc, Elaine, Carole, Natalie and her husband
Stephen. Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Doremus at 1544 Keys Ave.,
Schenectady, NY 12309.

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