Philip James Clough ’43

Philip James Clough ’43 died on October 28, 2006, in Brunswick, Maine.

Born in Lewiston on September 3, 1920, he prepared for college at Edward Little High School in Auburn and became a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in January of 1943. he taught chemistry at the College for a year during World War II and then did graduate work at Middlebury College, from which he received a master of science degree in 1945. He also took courses in research management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1948 and 1950 and in management at Northeastern University in Massachusetts in 1965. He was a research chemist with Reynolds Metals in Cambridge, MA, in 1945-46 and then spent 15 years with the National Research Corporation in Cambridge as assistant director of research. He was a general manager of the Metalized Products Division of the Norton Company in Winchester, MA, from 1961 to 1969, when he became vice president, and then president of Gorham International in Gorham. He retired and moved to Brunswick in 1987. He held 44 patents and was the author of many papers on vacuum metallurgy. His best-known patents are the space blanket and the sportsman blanket, made from the material that lined the first space suits. He was a member of the Brunswick Rotary Club and had served as president of the Westbrook Rotary Club. He was a member of the United Lodge of Masons in Brunswick and a member of the First Parish Church. He volunteered in the computer area at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick and helped put Wheeler’s History of Brunswick,Topsham, and Harpswell on the internet.With his wife, Betsy, he edited two books on covered bridges. Surviving are his wife, Betsy Batchelder Clough, whom he married in 1944; a sister, Ruth Mendall of Sydney; a sister- in-law, Josephine Clough of Camden; five nephews; and three nieces.