- March 24, 2015
- Wilmington, Delaware
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Maynard Stanley Raasch, age 100, of Wilmington, DE, passed away March 24, 2015 at Foulk Manor North.
Dr. Raasch was born in 1915 in South Dakota. He obtained a B. S. degree in chemical engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1937 and provided endowments there in 2008 for the Maynard Raasch Laboratory and Maynard Raasch scholarships. He then attended Ohio State University where he was granted the M. S. degree (1938) and Ph. D. (1941) in organic chemistry. While at OSU, he served as a graduate assistant and was a Wm. S. Merell Co. Fellow. He was president of the OSU chapter of Phi Lambda Upsilon, honorary chemical society, and became a member of Sigma Xi, honorary scientific society.
Dr. Raasch joined the Central Research Department of the DuPont Company at the Experimental Station in 1941 where he became a member of a wartime team developing an antiradar coating for airplanes under the auspices of the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory and the U. S. Office of Science and Technology, and in association with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was the author of articles, patents, and two book chapters in the field of organic chemistry. He retired from DuPont in 1980 but returned in 1985 for six months under the title consultant. Dr. Raasch spent four months at Stetson University in 1984 and three months at the University of Alabama in 1987 as a research scientist. He was a member of the American Chemical Society.
In Delaware activities, Dr. Raasch served terms as president, program chairman, and board member of the Society of Natural History of Delaware. He was a member of the fish and wildlife committee of the former First State Resource and Development Project, and secretary of the Delaware Academy of Science in 1992-1995. In 1961, when one share of DuPont stock cost a month's salary, he was president of the Henry Clay Stock Purchase Association through which DuPont employees could invest $25 or more in DuPont stock. Dr. Raasch was president of the former DuPont Stamp Club, and with Victor G. Springer, Curator of Fishes at the National Museum of Natural History, was co-author in 1995 of the booklet, "Fishes, Angling and Finfish Fisheries on Stamps of the World." The fifth edition of his book, "Delaware's Freshwater and Brackish-Water Fishes" was issued in 2007 and is available from the Delaware Nature Society.
Dr. Raasch was a world traveler and had visited 165 countries and colonies, Antarctica, and the geographic and magnetic North Poles.
Services will be private.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to the Maynard Raasch Scholarship, C/O SDSM&T Foundation 306 E. Saint Joseph, Ste. 200 Rapid City, SD 57701.