Eugene J. Houdry, 70, died Wednesday July 18, 1962 at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in suburban Drexel Hill following a brief illness. He was board chairman of Qxy-Catalyst, Inc and president of the Houddry Process Corporation. He lived in nearby Ardmore.
Eugene J Houdry was born on April 18, 1892 to Jules Houdry and Emilie Thias Jule Lemaire in Domont, France. He earned a degree in mechanical engineering in 1911 graduating first in his class. He joined the French army during World War I as a lieutenant in the field artillery, later transferring to the army’s new tank corps, where he was injured during a tank battle. He was later awarded the Croix de Guerre for bravery.
After the war he became interested in racing cars and studied ways to improve
engine performance through improved fuels. He set up a laboratory in Paris and
began studying catalytic processes used to covert heavy fuels to gasoline.
He came to the United Stares in 1930 at the invitation of the Vacuum Oil Company and established the Houdry Process Corporation in Paulsboro, NJ. He continued to work with Socony Vacuum and Sun Oil companies and by 1937 had a full-scale catalytic unit in Marcus Hook, PA producing high-octane aviation fuel to support the war effort. By 1942 fourteen Houdry fixed-bed units were in operation.
Eugene J Houdry received numerous awards for his work in catalytic cracking including
being elected posthumously to the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1990
He is survived by his wife Genevieve and two sons, Pierre and Jasques, both vice presidents of Qxy-Catalyst.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 20, 1962 at the Oliver H. Bair Funeral Home,
1920 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
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