Shrewsbury – Dr. Alvin H. “Al” Weiss, 93, of the Shrewsbury Southgate Community, and formerly of Pennsylvania and Delaware, passed away peacefully on the morning of Sunday, March 6, 2022, with his beloved wife and daughter at his side. sides.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 42 years, Devorah (Schwartz) Weiss; his daughter, Linda Weiss and her husband Joel Matek, of New Mexico; his stepchildren, David Biron and his wife Kendra, of Chicago, and Nurit Garmise and her husband Dov, of Israel; his grandchildren, Shani, Aviv, Aiden, Talia, Diego and Joaquin; and his great-grandson, Arete.
Alvin was born in Philadelphia to the late Louis and Helen (Wilinsky) Weiss, grew up in a grocery store in Chester, PA, and finished high school in Wilmington, DE. He worked as a lab assistant for Allied Kid Co., where he fell in love with chemistry. Al graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1949.
His first job as a chemical engineer was with Fiber Chemical Co., a specialty chemical company. During the Korean conflict, he served in the Army Chemical Corps. Al went on to earn a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Newark College of Engineering, while working at Colgate-Palmolive Corp. In 1955, he began his petrochemical research in catalysis and kinetics at Houdry Process Corp.
Dr. Weiss returned to UPenn as a research associate in 1963. He taught chemical engineering and earned a doctorate in physical chemistry. He was appointed professor of chemical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1966, then founded the Catalytic Society of New England in 1967. Dr. Weiss received summer fellowships for spaceflight research at NASA-Ames Research Center .
Dr. Weiss wholeheartedly loved his career and the opportunities it afforded him, especially the ability to travel the world and cultivate international collaborations with colleagues. His first collaboration was with Russia (USSR, at the time), then Argentina, Brazil, China, where he worked as a specialist in the field of petrochemicals, as a representative of UNIDO (United Nations for Industrial Development), Israel, where he first met his wife Devorah, Bulgaria, Hungary and many other countries. Al finally retired in 1996, ending his long and fulfilling career.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity or organization of one’s choice.
Alvin’s burial will be held privately in Philadelphia, and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home is honored to assist with arrangements.