Secretariat (1979). He was also involved with TAPPI, the Society of Chemical Industry, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Lambda Upsilon. He was chairman for the Gordon Conferences on Polymers (1972) and on Chemistry and Physics of Paper (1967).
Vivian had a unique sense of humor, which made life easier at times and was appreciated by all. He had few hobbies but liked hiking and bicycle riding. His wife recalls that when he finished high school he spent the summer before university cycling all over Europe by himself and got as far as the Alps. He finally ran out of money on his return trip and found an old friend in Holland who lent him enough to return home. He was also an avid reader, and not only of books about science.
Vivian was a true English gentleman who was able to find diplomatic and considerate solutions to problems and was liked by everyone who knew him. He devoted much of his life to mentoring younger colleagues who benefited greatly from his advice and example. He had an uncanny knack of making progress and contributions with grace and dignity. His colleagues from all over the world paid tribute to him at a symposium in his memory at an ACS meeting in New York in September 2003.
Vivian is survived by Susanne, his wife of 56 years; his daughter Rosemary Royce and son-in-law Christopher Royce; and grandchildren Julian, Trevor, and Liam Royce. Julian, the oldest, graduated last year from the University of North Carolina with honors, in religious studies. Trevor, the older twin, graduated this year from the University of Virginia, with honors, in biochemical engineering; he now hopes to go on to medical school. Liam, the younger twin, is in a five year program in pulp and paper and chemical engineering, at NCSU. As Vivian’s daughter notes, engineering is still in the Stannett family. Vivian’s sister-in-law, Ellen Strauss of London, also survives him.
I wish to thank Vivian’s wife, Susanne, and his friend, Otto Vogel, for their help in preparing this tribute.