BY ROBERT M. NOWAK
RAY H. BOUNDY, a former vice-president and director of research for the Dow Chemical Company, died in Midland, Michigan, on November 19, 1992. A pioneer in industrial chemical research, Dr. Boundy used his creative genius and leadership skills to build one of the most innovative research organizations in the country.
Dr. Boundy was born in Brave, Pennsylvania, on January 10, 1903. The Boundy family later moved to Grove City, Pennsylvania, where Dr. Boundy graduated from Grove City College in 1924 with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. He initially considered a career as a ship's radio engineer but heeded a chemistry instructor's advice to pursue science instead. He then attended Case Institute of Technology, receiving bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering. In 1926—the same year he married the former Geraldine McCurdy—Dr. Boundy also began his forty-two year career at the Dow Chemical Company.
After working in the Dow Main Laboratory for only one year, Dr. Boundy was "borrowed" by the Physical Research Laboratory, which was experiencing a remarkable outburst in creativity and discovery—especially in the fields of organic chemistry and plastics. Dr. Boundy worked closely with laboratory director and "idea man" Dr. John Grebe, becoming assistant lab director in 1930. One of Dr. Boundy's main tasks, he said,