Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

May 4, 2001

Funeral Services Scheduled for Longtime Whitworth Chemistry Professor

Services for Whitworth College Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Bob Bocksch will be at 4 p.m. Monday, May 7, at Country Homes Christian Church, 8415 N. Wall. He died May 3 at home.

Bocksch taught at Whitworth from 1958 to 1993 - "35 years of shaping student lives," according to Tammy Reid, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty.

Bocksch received the Outstanding Service Award for Faculty in 1981 and the Burlington Northern Teaching Award in 1991. He chaired Whitworth's chemistry department for 25 years, one of the college's longest tenures as a department chair, and was instrumental in establishing chemistry courses and laboratory research programs at Whitworth. He also was heavily involved in regional waste management policy, advising the Spokane Environmental Resource Center and serving on the Health and Water Quality Committee of the Comprehensive Health Planning Council of Spokane County.

Bocksch was active in his profession as an evaluator for the American Chemical Society, a proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation and member and chair of the Northwest Association, where he participated in more than 18 accreditation visits. He was a member of the American Chemical Society and an associate member of the American Medical Association.

Bocksch earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from Wayne State University in 1954 and a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in 1960. During his graduate school training, he was appointed a DuPont Teaching Fellow and a Shell Oil Research Fellow.

He is survived by his wife, Mary June, and their five children.


Greg Orwig, director of communications, (509) 777-4580 or gorwig@whitworth.edu.

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