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Albert F. Lindenstruth

Hockessin, Del.

Posted: July 31, 2011 2:16 p.m.
Updated: August 1, 2011 5:00 a.m.

Albert F. Lindenstruth, PhD., age 90, of Hockessin, Delaware, was born in Guttenberg, New Jersey on March 4, 1921, raised in Red Bank, New Jersey and died on July 20, 2011 at Cokesbury Village.

In 1942, he received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Muhlenberg College and was employed by General Chemical Company in Marcus Hook, PA, and at their TNT plant in West Virginia. Subsequently, he was employed by Hercules Powder Company in their Naval Stores research lab in Wilmington, DE, and then at their rocket powder plant in Sunflower, KS.

After serving in the US Army Advanced Research at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, he earned a PhD in organic chemistry with a minor in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas. He married Beth Hinkson Bell, on the day of his final oral exam for this PhD. He was then employed by E.I. DuPont's Textile Fibers Department at Benger Lab, Waynesboro, VA and assigned research on Orlon Acrylic Fiber.

In the early 1950's, he was transferred to the start-up of the Orlon Acrylic fiber plant in Camden, South Carolina. For 10 years he and his family enjoyed living in the small southern town which, at the time, had many activities and a wide cross-section of people. His step-daughters, Gayle and Diane Bell, graduated from Camden High School.

In 1986, Dr. Lindenstruth concluded a 36-year career with DuPont, including many management assignments in Technical Service and Marketing. He worked at a number of Textile Fiber plants in Wilmington, DE, Center Road and Geneva, Switzerland. In Geneva, for five years he was Marketing Product Director of all fiber products. Upon returning to Wilmington in 1975, and until his retirement in 1986, he managed a new Textile Fibers divisional effort to centralize common plant functions.

He lived for 26 years in Wawaset Park, Wilmington, was a trustee of the Wawaset Park Maintenance Corp and was the President for over 10 years, during which time he initiated many improvements and activities. He also served as a member of the Christiana Riverfront Advisory Committee and was a member of the City of Wilmington's Eight District Committee for the development and improvement of that area.

He was a 50-plus-year member of the American Chemical Society, a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, the DuPont Country Club, the Delaware Nature Society, and the Wilmington Trail Club. He enjoyed reading, golf, traveling, duplicate bridge, gardening, skiing and the theater. In 1996, his wife Beth died of a heart attack and in 2000 he married Rosalie W. Powell, whom he had met in the Trail Club, and who became his hiking partner in both the US and Europe.

Preceded in death by his first wife of 47 years, Beth Hinkson Bell, and his second wife of 8 years, Rosalie W. Powell. He is survived by two stepdaughters from his first marriage, Gayle Bell-Picco, her husband Thomas, Diane Bell Viehe, and his sister Arline Borowick, all of Portland, OR. Also, his three stepchildren from his second marriage to Rosalie Powell, Episcopal Priest -- Peter Powell, Robert Powell, and Melissa Town, and their families, including seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Al was a loving and devoted father who will be deeply missed by his loved ones.

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