DIVCHAS, our early history

       Jay A. Young
   12916 Allerton Lane
 Silver Spring, MD 20904
In 1976
Howard Fawcett and Ernest Becker
   petitioned the ACS Council

    Guided through the red tape
by Herman Mark and...
Howard Fawcett, P.E.
        Chairman of the ACS
      Committee on Chemical Safety
He promoted the application of the pri...
Professor Becker
An exemplar in the practice of chemical
safety.
Herman Mark
Well-respected, Division-friendly ACS
member....
The petition was approved
 “Three years probationary status.”

  Howard appointed as Chairman
     Eli Pearce Vice-Chairma...
---Member Recruitment---
 Howard was a one-man fire-ball.
 He persuaded friends to solicit.
 He talked it up in halls and
...
Howard worked tirelessly and
 imaginatively, coordinating his
 own ideas with suggestions of
 others. He planned symposia
...
125 (approx.) members in 1977,
  360 in 1978      513 in 1979.

  In 1977 20 papers and 3 symposia
 In 1978, 88 papers and...
THE SEEDS OF DESTRUCTION
  Secretary’s duty: Prepare annual
  reports-- Dr. Becker -- a very
  busy fellow. The lack of ti...
DANGER! Imminent disaster
   Mrs. Hodgson informed the
 Council Policy Committee that at
  the 1979 National Meeting in
 W...
Fortunately, two CHAS spies on the Council
Policy Committee were now fore-warned.
 As skilled parliamentarians--a clever c...
For the new Division
      The DIVCHAS elected officers:
 Jay Young, Chairman
 Lawrence Doemeny, Vice-chair
 Douglas Walte...
Acknowledgements:
This report is based in part upon the article by Ruth
Hathaway, “Chemical Health and Safety” pages 28-29...
Thank
        you
          for
            your kind
                attention!
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DIVCHAS, our early history

  1. 1. DIVCHAS, our early history Jay A. Young 12916 Allerton Lane Silver Spring, MD 20904
  2. 2. In 1976 Howard Fawcett and Ernest Becker petitioned the ACS Council Guided through the red tape by Herman Mark and Halley Merrell.
  3. 3. Howard Fawcett, P.E. Chairman of the ACS Committee on Chemical Safety He promoted the application of the principles of chemical safety and health: In his writings for the National Safety Council, in his book, co-authored with William Wood, and every day in his contacts with others. Howard was indefatigable.
  4. 4. Professor Becker An exemplar in the practice of chemical safety. Herman Mark Well-respected, Division-friendly ACS member. Halley Merrell Safety-conscious, high level, ACS staff member.
  5. 5. The petition was approved “Three years probationary status.” Howard appointed as Chairman Eli Pearce Vice-Chairman, Ernest Becker Secretary Other executive committee members: Larry Domeny, George O’Neill, and Frank Van Atta.
  6. 6. ---Member Recruitment--- Howard was a one-man fire-ball. He persuaded friends to solicit. He talked it up in halls and meeting rooms at Local, Regional and National ACS meetings. He wrote letters inviting interest and membership in the division.
  7. 7. Howard worked tirelessly and imaginatively, coordinating his own ideas with suggestions of others. He planned symposia and solicited papers for national meetings. [Not until the 1980’s did the division have its first non-invited paper.]
  8. 8. 125 (approx.) members in 1977, 360 in 1978 513 in 1979. In 1977 20 papers and 3 symposia In 1978, 88 papers and 5 symposia In 1979, 137 papers and 12 symposia Three books published in the ACS Symposia series Short course on safety established and presented at regional meetings.
  9. 9. THE SEEDS OF DESTRUCTION Secretary’s duty: Prepare annual reports-- Dr. Becker -- a very busy fellow. The lack of timely reporting did not go unnoticed. The Divisional Activities Committee instructed Barbara Hodgson, staff associate, to recommend that the Division of Chemical Health and Safety, be dissolved--- forthwith!
  10. 10. DANGER! Imminent disaster Mrs. Hodgson informed the Council Policy Committee that at the 1979 National Meeting in Washington, DC. the Divisional Activities Committee would so recommend to the ACS Council.
  11. 11. Fortunately, two CHAS spies on the Council Policy Committee were now fore-warned. As skilled parliamentarians--a clever counter action. Certain discussions transpired. Glen Seaborg, Gardner Stacy, President of the ACS Warren Falconer, Chairman of the Science Commission. At the Council meeting, the Council overwhelmingly voted for full active status. HUZZA! HOORAY! SUCCESS!!
  12. 12. For the new Division The DIVCHAS elected officers: Jay Young, Chairman Lawrence Doemeny, Vice-chair Douglas Walters, Secretary Lyle Phifer, Treasurer Ralph Scott, Program chair Howard Fawcett, Councilor Members-at-Large: Emma June Tillmanns Phillip Landis
  13. 13. Acknowledgements: This report is based in part upon the article by Ruth Hathaway, “Chemical Health and Safety” pages 28-29 in “The American Chemical Society at 125; A Recent History, 1976-2001” edited by K. M. Reese, published by the American Chemical Society, 2002. (The few errors in that report are corrected here.) I also wish to thank Frank Walworth, Juanita Hampton, and Alicia Harris, of the ACS staff who provided me with copies of pertinent documents used in the preparation of this brief report.
  14. 14. Thank you for your kind attention!

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