In Memoriam-Clarence S. "Bucky" Wentzel

After a brief illness, noted chromatographer Clarence S. "Bucky" Wentzel passed away Friday, February 20, 2009, at the age of 66.

After a brief illness, noted chromatographer Clarence S. “Bucky” Wentzel passed away Friday, February 20, 2009, at the age of 66.

For over 35 years, Clarence made numerous contributions to the advancement and development of GC instrumentation for the petroleum and petrochemical markets. Following a tour of duty in the Vietnam War with the U.S. Army, where he was highly decorated, earning two purple hearts, he began his career at the Cities Service Company (now known as CITGO) where he was principally involved in the analysis of hydrocarbon mixtures. He also worked at the Englehard Corporation and quickly rose to the level of Hydrocarbon Laboratory Manager responsible for the evaluation and investigation of petroleum catalysts.

In 1982 he co-founded Arnel, Inc. (recently acquired by PerkinElmer) to provide customized chromatography analyzers. As President, Clarence pioneered many innovative refinery and natural gas analyzer offerings. He was an active member of several ASTM committees and the author of numerous papers and presentations on method development for analytical instrumentation.

He is survived by Joan, his wife of 45 years, and two sons.