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Roland Voorhees ’35

Published in July 7, 1999, issue

Rollo died Mar. 6, 1999, after 10 bedridden years in his Darien, Conn., home. He was 85. Valedictorian at the Gilman School, he majored in chemical engineering at Princeton, joined Charter Club, and roomed with Henry Townend. Graduating summa cum laude, he married Sheila Connolly 10 days after graduation and that same summer started a 43-year career with Union Carbide Corp. His first 20 years were spent in Charleston, W.Va., where he became associate director of UCC's chemicals division. The next decade brought a change of pace. Based at corporate headquarters in NYC, he spent most of his time traveling in Europe, scouting for new business/technical developments. Then, in 1964 he was really "retreaded" (his phrase). He became a UCC financial executive, serving as its assistant secretary/assistant treasurer until his retirement in 1978.

For some years Rollo was on the advisory council of Princeton's chemical engineering department, regularly visiting campus to interview students interested in working for UCC. He also was a jovial regular at '35's Princeton Club of NYC lunches. Swimming and power boating were his chief recreations in these years; he was a member of the NY Yacht Club and served as a commander of the Darien Power Squadron.

Rollo and Sheila had no children. After her death in 1983 he married Betty Glamman, who died in 1990. A cousin, John, survives.

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