Dr. Filon (Phil) Gadecki passed away a year ago this week, on July 24, 2014, and his wife, Concetta (Connie) Gadecki passed away on May 14, 2015. Phil and Connie and their six children were residents of Camden from 1971 to 1991 and were members of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.
Both Phil and Connie grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois. They met at the university, where Phil was editor of the yearbook and Connie was assistant editor. They were married in January 1954 and last year celebrated 60 years of marriage.
Phil earned a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry at the University of Washington and did post doctorate studies at the Swiss Federal Institute in Zurich, Switzerland. He contributed to the work of two professors, both of whom later went on to win Nobel Prizes. Phil had an accomplished 32 year career in textile research and development at E.I. duPont, earning several patents. He later worked for Monsanto, where his contributions were recognized with the coveted Queeny Award, the company’s highest honor for science and technology.
Connie graduated with a degree in economics in 1953. Only 2% of the School of Commerce graduates at the University of Illinois were women at the time. She was instrumental in promoting the first MAD festival held in Camden and served as chairman of the Camden Elementary Advisory Council.
Until Phil’s death in July 2014, they were living in Decatur, Alabama (Phil joined Monsanto in Decatur, AL in 1991). Phil and Connie enjoyed traveling throughout the world and across the United States. They are survived by their six children, all of whom graduated from Camden High School, and eleven grandchildren: Susan Tibedo, of Medway, MA; Patti Wells (husband Jim) of Lakeland, FL; Vicki Gadecki of Lexington, SC; Steven (wife Cathy) of Bedford, NH; David (wife Jennifer) of Alpharetta, GA; and Barbara Opie (husband Scott) of Thornton, CO. Condolences may be sent to the family care of Patti Wells at PO Box 110, Winter Haven, FL 33882.