|Birth: ||Jun. 17, 1908|
|Death: ||Oct. 29, 2007|
OBITUARY THAT RAN IN THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER ON OCTOBER 31, 2007:
W. Earl Graham Sr., 99, of Phoenixville, a research chemist who helped develop the aerosol can, died of pneumonia Monday at Manatawny Manor in Pottstown.
Mr. Graham joined Crown Cork & Seal Co. in Philadelphia in 1937 and eventually headed the firm's research department. In the late 1940s, he modified a seamless beer can to create an aerosol can. From 1957 until his retirement in 1968, he was vice president of sales for Clayton Corp., a manufacturer of aerosol valves.
In the 1970s, he co-owned a bookstore in St. Peter's Village in Chester County and also started a mail-order business dealing in books from Mexico, where his daughter, Dorothy Jean, lived. He closed the service in 1992 to care for his wife, Viola Crowell Graham. She died in 1996.
Mr. Graham graduated from Darby High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University.
He and his wife married in 1934. They had met when he worked for a food company in Landisville, N.J., and rented a room in her mother's house.
The Grahams marched against the Vietnam War and were founding members of the Pottstown Unitarian Church.
Mr. Graham loved the Phillies; golfed in his younger years; and played bridge through his 80s.
In addition to his daughter, he is survived by a son, W. Earl Jr.; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at St. Peter's Church Cemetery, Route 23, Knauertown, Pa.
Charles Jones Graham (1879 - 1969)
Lydia Mary Croasdale Graham (1876 - 1947)
Lalia Viola Crowell Graham (1902 - 1996)*
James Maurice Graham (1903 - 2003)*
Charles Raymond Graham (1906 - 1906)*
Walter Earl Graham (1908 - 2007)
(shared stone with wife Viola C. Graham)
Saint Peter's UCC Cemetery
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