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WPI Mourns the Loss of Venerable Professor, Librarian

Herbert Beall joined the faculty in the Chemistry Department at WPI in 1968 and had remained here until his passing in late August. He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his Ph.D.

in chemistry in 1967 from Harvard University as a graduate student of William Nunn Lipscomb Jr., who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1977. Herb published over 70 articles in several areas of chemistry, including boron chemistry, chemical education, the use of language in chemistry, and gold and coal chemistry. He was also the author and co-author of several textbooks, including Chemistry for Engineers and Scientists and A Guide to Writing About Chemistry. A lecture series will be established at WPI in Herb’s honor.

Carmen Brown was a part of Gordon Library since it was completed in 1967. Her 35-year career demonstrated a passion for WPI, its community of students, faculty and staff, and the library itself. She retired from WPI on June 30, 2003. Carmen was the first female academic advisor and advised students for many years. She was also a mentor to women students and, in general, reached out to women colleagues on campus. She graduated from James Millikin University with a bachelor of arts degree and the University of Illinois with a master’s degree in library science.

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