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Corey William Ericson

Posted: March 27, 2014 4:48 p.m.
Updated: March 28, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Corey William Ericson, 74, husband of Judith Martinka Ericson, died March 23, 2014 at their home at 505 Pelham Drive, Waynesboro, Virginia 22980

He was born October 14, 1939 in New York City, the borough of the Bronx, the only child of Corey and Ethel Young. As a boy, he moved frequently as his father was transferred by the Woolworth Company. His earliest childhood memory was falling out of a second story window, to no ill effect, after the screen he was leaning on gave way. Perhaps that explains his adult fear of high places.

Corey graduated from William Penn High School in York, PA in 1957. He then attended Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, receiving his AB degree in Physical Chemistry in 1961. He then went to the University of Delaware where he earned his PhD in Theoretical Physical Chemistry in 1965.

His professional career began at the Dupont Experimental Station in Wilmington, DE in the Textile Fiber Department. He subsequently worked in research facilities Old Hickory, TN, Kinston, NC, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, Camden, SC, Geneva, Switzerland and Waynesboro’s Benger Laboratories, where he was the Head of Research. Corey was very interested in creative thinking and held workshops in that subject area. He also contributed to a book illustrated by Bob Thaves (of Frank and Earnest) titled, Are We Creative Yet? Among his work accolades were two Excellence in Engineering Awards in 1998 and 2001.

During his lifetime, he enjoyed many hobbies, including model railroading, reading nonfiction (mostly military history and philosophy), photography, classical music and travel, having visited every continent but Australia. Corey was also a prolific writer. His writings appeared in several issues of Topical Times, a magazine for stamp collectors. He was a frequent presented of programs that focused on the subjects of stamps and photography. His grand passion was stamp collecting, and, ironically, the Dictionary.com Word of the Day on the day of his death was philately.

He was past president of the Charlottesville Stamp Club, treasurer of the Virginia Philatelic Federation, a past board member of the Shenandoah Valley Art Center, and a Waynesboro Election Official.

He met his wife of almost 52 years on a blind date while both were away at college. Coincidentally, they had attended the same high school in York, PA. They were married in 1962.

In addition to his wife, he leaves behind three children: Robert Christopher and his wife Robbie (Jones) of Media, PA; Amy Elizabeth Goodwin and her husband Harrison of Cheraw, SC; and Gregory Douglas and his wife Katherine (Shuler) of Greenville, SC. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, Courtney, Tyler, Megan, Laura and Sean, and one great-grandchild, London, and nieces and nephews.

Corey is preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Barbara Lynn.

Corey was a very private person who had great pride in and love for his family who will miss him.

Memorial services were held on Tuesday, March, 25 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Waynesboro, VA.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and Hospice of the Shenandoah (PO Box 215, 64 Sports Medicine Drive, Fishersville, VA 22939).

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