Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry. In 1986 he was invited to give the Josiah Willard Gibbs Lecture by the American Mathematical Society. Some of the more recent awards he received included two Roon Awards from the Federation of Societies of Coatings Technology (1993 and 2002), the American Chemical Society’s Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry (1990), the Tallmadge Award in Coating Science and Technology (1992), and the Founders Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (1997). Most recently, he received the Roy W. Tess Award in Coatings for 2007 from the American Chemical Society, in recognition of outstanding contributions to coatings science and technology.
Skip very much enjoyed his 18-year tenure as a member of the advisory panel for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, awarding generous fellowships to young American professors in science and engineering. At his own university, Skip established the Summer Undergraduate Research Participants Endowment and, upon his death, the L. E. and D. H. Scriven Graduate Research Fellowships in the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department of the College of Science and Engineering.
In addition to teaching and research, Skip was very involved with the chemical engineering profession and wrote a number of articles on its history. One example is published in Perspectives in Chemical Engineering, edited by C. K. Colton (Academic Press, 1991, vol. 16, pp. 1–40).
Although Skip’s professional life and work were foremost, he loved music—classical, jazz, South American—and he pursued and actually traveled early western American history. He was an excellent birder, identifying unseen avian singers with his keen ear. He enjoyed the natural life at the family “dacha” in the country, where he also kept a desk, music, and many books and had annual barbeques for his students. Skip is survived by his wife of 58 years, Dorene; their three children, Ellen, Terry Ann, and Mark; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.