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George Franz Walz *31

Published in Dec. 23, 1992, issue

GEORGE FRANZ WAFZ, age 81, lifelong textile chemist, nature lover, music patron, and social activist, died Oct. 7, 1988, in Raleigh, N.C. Born in Easthampton, Mass., he graduated valedictorian of the 1925 class of Easthampton H.S. and as such spoke on the nonviolent resistance movement in India under Gandhi. In 1929 he graduated from Amherst College with an A.B. degree in chemistry and membership in Phi Beta Kappa, to which he had been elected in his junior year. He was awarded an M.A. degree in chemistry at Princeton, having done his master's research with the late Prof. Robert Pease. His professional career was devoted to textile chemistry. He was successfully employed in this field by three companies, National Silk Dyeing and Printing Co., United States Finishing Co., and Proximity Print Works of Cone Mills Corp., the latter until his retirement in 1972. He married Vivienne G. Vineis in 1940, and they had two sons, Richard and David. Mrs. Walz predeceased her husband in Mar. 1988.

To the Walz sons and their families, we extend heartfelt sympathy.

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