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chemist , Manufacturing executive

Patsy O'Connell Sherman was American manufacturing executive, chemist. Achievements include invention of Scotchgard (with Samuel Smith) in 1956. Recipient Distinguished Alumni award Gustavus Adolphus College, 1975, Spurgeon award Boy Scouts American, 1980; named to Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame, 1989, National Inventors Hall of Fame, 2001.

Background

Sherman, Patsy O'Connell was born on September 15, 1930 in Minneapolis. Daughter of James Patrick and Edna Fern (Stitzel) O'Connell.

Education

Bachelor, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1952.

Career

Chemist 3M, St. Paul, 1952-1967, research specialist, 1967-1973, technical manager, 1973-1982, manager technical development, 1982—1992. Retired, 1992

Trustee GMI Engineering and Management Institute, Flint, Michigan, 1986-1992. Board directors, owner Advanced Optics Inc., Minneapolis.

Director National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, 1996-1999, since 2002.

Achievements

  • Achievements include invention of Scotchgard (with Samuel Smith) in 1956.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Contributor numerous articles to professional journals. Patentee in field.

Membership

Trustee Gustavus Adolphus College, 1989-1992. Member American Chemical Society, American Society Training and Development, American Society Engineering Education (director continuing professional development division 1986-1989, chair 1989-1990).

Connections

Married Hubert Townsend Sherman, August 15, 1953. Children: Sharilyn Kay Sherman Loushin, Wendy Jane Sherman Heil.

father:
James Patrick Sherman

mother:
Edna Fern (Stitzel) O'Connell Married Hubert Townsend Sherman

spouse:
Hubert Townsend Sherman

children:
Sharilyn Kay Sherman Loushin Sherman

Wendy Jane Sherman Heil Sherman