Henry Fran­cis Whalen Jr. of New­town Square, for­merly of Ber­wyn

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

Henry Fran­cis Whalen, Jr., 81, died peace­fully on Novem­ber 29, 2016. A Philadel­phia na­tive, Hank re­ceived a BS in chem­istry from Vil­lanova Univer­sity in 1958 and was com­mis­sioned a Naval Of­fi­cer through the Re­serve Of­fi­cers Train­ing Corps. Fol­low­ing his ser­vice, he pur­sued grad­u­ate stud­ies in mar­ket­ing at the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia’s Whar­ton School and be­gan a distin­guished ca­reer in the chem­i­cal in­dus­try. Dur­ing his 24 years at PQ Cor­po­ra­tion, Hank was part of the man­age­ment team that grew the com­pany from $50 mil­lion to more than $500 mil­lion in sales. Prior to join­ing PQ, he held var­i­ous po­si­tions in business de­vel­op­ment at Rohm and Haas Co.

Hank was a tire­less ad­vo­cate for the es­sen­tial role of the chem­i­cal sciences in in­dus­trial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. Since 1960, he was a ded­i­cated mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal So­ci­ety, the largest sci­en­tific so­ci­ety in the world, and played an ac­tive role in the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s gov­er­nance. His ser­vice on var­i­ous ad­vi­sory boards and com­mit­tees cul­mi­nated in his elec­tion to the Board of Di­rec­tors and later to Chair of the Board where he helped stew­ard the So­ci­ety’s af­fairs and $500 mil­lion op­er­at­ing bud­get. In 2002, the So­ci­ety hon­ored Hank by cre­at­ing an award in his honor and nam­ing him as its first re­cip­i­ent. The Henry F. Whalen Jr. Award cel­e­brates ex­cel­lence in business de­vel­op­ment and man­age­ment in the chem­i­cal en­ter­prise. The award’s 11th re­cip­i­ent was cel­e­brated at a re­cep­tion hosted by the Chem­i­cal Her­itage Foun­da­tion (CHF) ear­lier this year. Hank was also a long-time sup­porter of CHF and a fre­quent con­trib­u­tor to its Joseph Pri­est­ley So­ci­ety lec­ture se­ries.

An avid traveler, Hank had criss­crossed the globe, but his most cher­ished trips were to the Jersey shore where he en­joyed fish­ing and sun­sets over the Strath­mere Bay.

He will be fondly re­mem­bered by his wife of 58 years, Bar­bara Eu­ge­nie Whalen; his five chil­dren Stacey Radich, Henry III, Wendy Ro­mano (John), Jen­nifer Doyle (Bill) and Joseph (Hope); ten grand­chil­dren; and many rel­a­tives, friends, and for­mer col­leagues.

A long-time Parkin­son’s suf­ferer, Hank par­tic­i­pated in nu­mer­ous stud­ies to ad­vance un­der­stand­ing of the dis­ease through the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia. He faced Parkin­son’s many de­bil­i­tat­ing symp­toms with grace and dig­nity, and made the self­less de­ci­sion to do­nate his brain to Penn’s Parkin­son’s re­search pro­gram.

Rel­a­tives and friends are in­vited to his View­ing on Sun­day, 5-8 PM and Mon­day, 9-10:15 AM at the Dan­jolell Memo­rial Home of Broomall, 2811 West Ch­ester Pike, Broomall, PA 19008. Fu­neral Mass 11 AM at St. Nor­bert Church. In­ter­ment pri­vate.

The fam­ily asks that in lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions be made to Parkin­son’s Dis­ease Re­search, Attn: Aubre Naughton. Penn Medicine De­vel­op­ment, 3535 Mar­ket St., Philadel­phia, PA 19104. Those wish­ing to cel­e­brate Hank’s ded­i­ca­tion to the field of chem­istry may also make do­na­tions in his me­mory to the Chem­i­cal Her­itage Foun­da­tion at www.chemher-itage.org/give.


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