Dr. Kurt Ladenburg died July 30, 1998, of a stroke, in Kitty Hawk, N.C. He was 83. He graduated with honors and received a PhD in chemistry in 1939. Born in Breslau, Germany, he was the son of Princeton physics professor Rudolph Ladenburg (Institute of Advanced Study) and Else, a gifted artist who lived in Princeton until her death.
Kurt was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship at Stanford U. and subsequently was employed by Merck Pharmaceutical Co. in Rahway, N.J., where he joined the team that developed and manufactured penicillin. During the 1960s he was director of research for Fallstaff Brewing Co. in St. Louis, served as the chemical adviser to the American Brewing Assn., and was elected as a fellow of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science in 1967. He later worked as a senior research consultant for Monsanto Co. during the early 1970s. In his retirement, Kurt was a visiting professor at Clemson U.'s graduate school of agriculture and biological engineering. He also led several research projects for the state of South Carolina for the development of gasohol and the chemical sweetener aspartame. Survivors are his wife, Amanda, son Nils, daughter Toni Delacorte, and sister Eva Mayer. The class sends most sincere condolences to all.
The Class of 1935