Erlind Magnus Thorsteinson ’60

Erlind Magnus Thorsteinson ’60 died on December 1, 2011, in Charleston, West Virginia.

He was born on August 21, 1937, in Springfield, Ill., and grew up in Pittsburgh, where he prepared for college at Shady Side Academy. After Bowdoin, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he earned a master’s degree form Wesleyan University and a doctorate in chemistry from Northwestern University. He joined Union Carbide in 1966 but was almost immediately inducted into the Army, where he served to captain. He was stationed at the Edgewood Arsenal in Maryland and was awarded the National Defense Service Medal. After his discharge in 1968, he returned to Union Carbide, where he worked until his retirement in 2001. He received both U.S. and foreign patents in the area of heterogeneous catalysis. He was appointed a Corporate Fellow in 1994. Following his retirement, he spent several years as a consultant for Matric. He was a longtime member of the American Chemical Society. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Margaret Ellen Leech Thorsteinson; a son, Eric Jon Thorsteinson; a daughter, Karin Hope Hamer; and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, Jon Peter, who died as a young child, and by a sister, Joan Greenly.

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