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Walter Barker Keighton

Walter Barker Keighton, American educator, chemist. member of faculty Swarthmore College, since 1931, professor, 1952-1971, Edmund Allen professor of chemistry, 1961-1971, department chairman, 1958-1971, professor emeritus, since 1971; Member American Chemical Society, American Association University Professors, Delaware Valley Ornithological; Club, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Sigma Tau.; Member Society of Friends.

Background

  • Keighton, Walter Barker was born on June 17, 1901 in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Walter Barker and Jennie Hunter (Johnston) Keighton.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Swarthmore College, 1923. Doctor of Philosophy. (John Lockwood fellow), Princeton, 1933.

    Career

    • Chemist, E.I. duPont de Nemours & Company, Inc., 1923-1925, Sharpies Specialty Company, 1925-1929. Member of faculty Swarthmore College, since 1931, professor, 1952-1971, Edmund Allen professor of chemistry, 1961-1971, department chairman, 1958-1971, professor emeritus, since 1971. Chemist Sinclair Oil Corporation, summers 1938-1940.

      Teacher Pennsylvania State College, summer 1941. Consultant Pennsylvania Salt Company, 1948, Frankford Arsenal, 1951, Bartol Research Foundation, 1946-1959. Chemist United States Geological Survey, 1951-1972.

      Visiting scientist American Chemical Society, 1960-1967, member evaluation team, 1954-1969.

    Works

    • Author: The Investigation of Chemical Quality of Water in Tidal Rivers, 1954. (with C.N. Durfor) Chemical Characteristics of Delaware River Water, 1954. (with Garald Parker, Allen Hely, Franklin Olmsted) Water Resources of the Delaware River Basin, 1960.

      Quality of Delaware River Water at Trenton, New Jersey, 1964. Water Quality in the Delaware Estuary for Two Years of Drought, 1969. Other publications dealing with quality natural waters, chemical hydrology.

      Contributor articles technical journals.

    Membership

    Member of faculty Swarthmore College, since 1931, professor, 1952-1971, Edmund Allen professor of chemistry, 1961-1971, department chairman, 1958-1971, professor emeritus, since 1971. Member American Chemical Society, American Association University Professors, Delaware Valley Ornithological. Club, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Sigma Tau.

    Member Society of Friends.

    Connections

    • Married Eleanor Mary Paxson, August 21, 1926. Children: Charles Earl, Robert Laurie, June (Mistress Jerome K. Furlow), James Douglas, Walter Leslie.
    • father: Walter Barker Keighton
    • mother: Jennie Hunter (Johnston) Keighton
    • spouse: Eleanor Mary Paxson
    • children: Charles Earl Keighton
    • Robert Laurie Keighton
    • June Keighton (Mistress Jerome K. Furlow)
    • James Douglas Keighton
    • Walter Leslie Keighton
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    Died May 3, 1979
    (aged 77)
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