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Lyman C. Aldrich Sr.

Oct. 1, 2010

Lyman C. Aldrich Sr., a former Western Michigan University researcher, died Sept. 24, in Lawrence, Kan. He was 93.

Aldrich was an research associate in the Department of Paper and Printing Science and Engineering from 1970 until his retirement in 1983. He taught and conducted research on fibers, water reuse and other environmental and pulping subjects.

Prior to joining WMU's faculty, Aldrich worked as a senior research chemist or technical supervisor at various pulp and paper mills in Maryland, Virginia, New York, Wisconsin, Michigan, New Jersey and Parana, Brazil.

He was an active member of the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry, chairing several subcommittees and writing or revising more than 20 TAPPI standards. He also was a member of the International Committee for Cellulose Analysis, Paper Industry Management Association and Southcentral Michigan Planning Council.

Aldrich, who served in the U.S. Army from 1940 to 1945, was a staff sergeant with the 5th Infantry Division at division headquarters in Europe. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Atlanta's Oglethorpe University in 1938 and completed a year of graduate work at Montreal's McGill University.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in Plymouth Congregational Church in Lawrence, Kan. Memorial gifts may be made to the Lawrence Humane Society or a charity of choice.

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