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Obituary for Emeritus Professor Marcel Vanpée

Marcel Vanpée, 94, died February 3rd, 2011, surrounded by his wife and daughters. Marcel Vanpée was Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His scientific research and teaching led him from his native Belgium to Lovanium University in the former Belgian Congo and then to the United States, first in 1948 as a research fellow at the University of Minnesota and then in 1957 to pursue research in combustion science at the Bureau of Mines in Pittsburgh. He was an avid outdoors sportsman and adventurer and exhibited his love of the world through his many international friends and travels.

We deeply mourn the loss of this passionate scientist, devoted husband, and loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather. A memorial service celebrating Marcel’s life will be held on February 12th at 2 pm at Loomis House, 298 Jarvis Avenue, Holyoke, Massachusetts.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in honor of the Memory Loss Unit, Loomis Nursing Center, 246 N Main St, South Hadley, MA  01075 or to the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Rd SW, Lilburn, GA 30047. (February 2011)