(May 31, 1910 – January 15, 2011)
Ludo Frevel passed away Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Bickford Cottageof Midland. Ludo was born in Frankfurt, Germany, May 31, 1910, where helived until the age of 13, when his family emigrated to Baltimore, Md. After earning a Ph.D in physical chemistry at Baltimore?ÇÖs Johns HopkinsUniversity, Ludo traveled to California where he worked for two years atCaltech before joining The Dow Chemical Company?ÇÖs spectroscopy laboratoryin 1936. For 39 years he worked as a pioneering chemist for Dow, and wasthe first Dow scientist to receive the title Research Specialist, for his notablerecord of achievement and his devotion to the scientific profession. He holds60 patents, and authored or coauthored 446 technical papers, publishing hislast article at age 95. After retiring from Dow, Ludo worked as a consultant at Dow Corning Corp. for another 30 years, bringing the insight of his long career to basic process chemistry there. Ludo?ÇÖs work in X-ray powder diffraction and in catalysis is known worldwide. He was a founder, board member, and chairman of the International Centre for Diffraction Data, a non-profit organization in Pennylvania that provides compliations of diffraction patterns and training in the discipline of X-ray diffraction and fluorescence. For this orgaization, he established a fund that provides scholarships for young scientists working in the field of powder diffraction. Ludo very much enjoyed working with and counseling young scientists in his field. Ludo is survived by his three children, Mary (Kadish), Gordon, and Kurt; two grandchildren, Lesley Kadish, and Laura McConville; and two great-grandchildren, Hayden, and Maxwell. He was preceded by wife, Ruth; parents, Ludwig and Carrie; and his brothers, Raoul, and Karl. Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1310 Ashman St. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, at Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider donating to The Food Pantry at Memorial Presbyterian Church.