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Gerald Alan Lessells

Gerald Alan Lessells, American former chemical company executive. Patentee in field, 1963-1969.


  • Lessells, Gerald Alan was born on August 5, 1926 in Wallasey, England. Came to United States, 1928, naturalized, 1936. Son of Horace Alan and Elsie (Escott) Lessells.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering Practice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1950.


    • Development engineer Mathieson Chemical Corporation, Niagara Falls, New York, 1950-1955. Senior development engineer Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation, Brandenburg, Kentucky, 1955-1957. Research supervisor United States Indsl Chemical Company, Cincinnati, 1957-1961, group leader Tuscola, Illinois, 1961-1965.

      Manager process development Mobil Chemical Company, Edison, New Jersey, 1965-1969. Technical director, ink division J.M. Huber Corporation, 1969-1983, environmental services manager, 1984-1985. Consultant Community Action Training Institute of New Jersey, 1968.

      Vice chairman research committee National Printing Ink Research Institute, 1972-1973. Member educational council Massachusetts Institute of Technology, since 1962. Life member National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, since 1955.

    Major achievements

    • Patentee in field, 1963-1969.


    • American Chemical Society Reviewer: Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 1959-1966. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Chairman Decatur (Illinois) Human Relations Commission, 1964-1965. Chairman budget committee New Brunswick, Urban League, 1966-1968. Member Citizens Advisory Committee to Mayor of Edison, chairman public information committee, 1967-1968.

    Member advisory board pre-college programs New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1979-1985. Served with Army of the United States, 1944-1946. Fellow American Institute Chemical Engineers (national director 1973-1975, Service to Society award 1974, minority affairs coordinator 1975-1983, F.J. Van Antwerpen award, 1987).


    • Married Mary Joline Reddan, June 11, 1950. Children: Glenn Alan (deceased). Eric Michael, Douglas Bruce.
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    Born August 5, 1926
    • 1950
      Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • 1950 - 1955
      Development engineer, Mathieson Chemical Corporation
      Niagara Falls, New York, United States
    • 1955 - 1957
      senior, development engineer Olin Mathieson Chemical Corporation
      Brandenburg, Germany, Germany
    • 1957 - 1961
      research supervisor United States Indsl Chemical Company
      Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
    • 1965 - 1969
      manager, process development Mobil Chemical Company
      Edison, New Jersey, United States
    • 1969 - 1983
      technical director