Dr. Claude Spencer died April 25, 2014 in Merrimack, NH at age 95. He was born February 14, 1919 in Athens, Pennsylvania to Gertrude Frazee and Claude D. Spencer. He graduated high school in Painted Post, NY in 1938. He entered the University of Michigan and earned a B.S. in Chemistry in 1942.
He worked in a research lab at Merck in Rahway, NJ until he and his wife, Louise, removed to Boston to do graduate studies at MIT. After he received the Ph.D. in 1950 he returned to Merck until 1959 when he moved his family, now three children, to Norwich, NY to work as Senior Research Chem- ist at Norwich Pharmiceutical Co., later acquired by Procter and Gamble, from which he retired in 1983.
His retirement involved travels in Europe and capturing memories in memoirs. His wife and eldest child predeceased him. He is survived by son Richard, daughter Karen, and four grandchildren.