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Richard Marshall Stevenson

Richard Marshall Stevenson

Died: Monday, January 05, 2004
Age: 85
Richard Marshall Stevenson

Grosse Pointe Woods resident Richard Marshall Stevenson, 85, died Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, at St. John Hospital in Detroit.

Born in Detroit in 1918, Mr. Stevenson graduated from Cooley High School and took post-graduate courses at Grosse Pointe High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the Detroit Institute of Technologyand a master’s degree in organic chemistry from Wayne State Univeristy.

Mr. Stevenson used his degrees in chemistry in a myraid of ways. He worked at Parke Davis and Co. and served as a manufacturing chemist for Dorothy Rogers Hospital and Riverside Clinic. At Difco Laboratories, he was an analytical and research chemist and at GM’s Cadillac Motor Car Division, he also served as an analytical chemist where he developed the Cass Test for corrosion of electroplated materials. At the Udylite Corp., he received many patents and was the co-inventor of the world-known “UBAC” electroplating process for plating copper.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served in the Marine Air Station Hospital (M.A.S.H.).

He was a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemists, American Electoplaters Society.

For his achievements, he was included in the Marquis Who’s Who in the World, Seventh Edition in 1984.

Mr. Stevenson was an avid bridge player and achieved Gold Life Master Status in the American Contract Bridge League. He was a member of the Grosse Pointe Senior Men’s Club.

He is survived by his wife, Marion, of more than 60 years; his sons, Michael and Mark; his grandchildren Sean, Ryan, Erik and Renee; and his sisters, Constance and Helen Jean.

He loved spending time with his family and always enjoyed a good laugh.

A funeral service was held at A.H. Peters Funeral Home on Thursday, Jan. 8.
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