Clarence Gould Thornton
Born Aug. 3, 1925 — died Oct. 11, 2012
Clarence Gould Thornton, Ph.D., age 87, of Freehold Township, died on Oct. 11, 2012. His life’s journey was one of distinction and accomplishment with many stops along the way.
Dr. Thornton was born in Detroit, Mich., on Aug. 3, 1925. He served in the Navy in the Second World War in the Asia Pacific Area Campaign and was stationed in Shanghai at the conclusion of the war. Upon his return to the States, Dr. Thornton earned a B.S. in chemistry, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Michigan, setting the stage for a long and accomplished career characterized by creative imagination, dynamic leadership and keen insight.