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 William McMurtrie

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William McMurtrie

Birth
Death
24 May 1913 (aged 60–61)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Plot
Stewart, Lot 523 East.
Memorial ID
47802647 View Source

The Washington Post Monday, May 26, 1913
Death Of Dr. M'Murtrie
Funeral of Pure Food Expert at Oak Hill Cemetery Tomorrow
William McMurtrie, E.M., PhD, Chief Chemist of the Department of Agriculture from 1872 to 1879 and its special agent in agricultural technology from that date until 1882 died in New York Saturday last after a prolonged illness.

His services to science were held in such esteem that he was created Chevalier du Merite Agricole by the French government in 1883 and elected to preside over the chemical section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York section of the American Chemical Society and President of the American Chemical Society which is the largest organization of its kind in the world. He was for four years chemist to the Illinois State Board of Agriculture, for two years chemist of the Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station and for six years, Professor of Chemistry in the University of Illinois. From 1888 to his death he was engaged in commercial employment.

He combined to a rare degree a regard for pure science and a capacity for applying its methods and results to the benefit of mankind. He devised methods for the manufacture on a large scale of chemical food products of a degree of purity never before realized. Those who had the pleasure of his personal acquaintance bear witness to his charm of manner and to his sterling qualities as a chemist and a man.

While in Washington, he married Helen M. Douglass, daughter of the Commissioner of the District, who with one son survives him. The burial services will be held in the chapel at Oak Hill Cemetery tomorrow afternoon at 5 o'clock.

The Washington Post Sunday, May 25, 1913
McMurtrie. On Saturday, May 24, 1913 at his residence in New York City, William, beloved husband of Helen Douglass McMurtrie.

Funeral service at Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel, Tuesday, May 27 at 5PM.

The Washington Post Monday, May 26, 1913
Death Of Dr. M'Murtrie
Funeral of Pure Food Expert at Oak Hill Cemetery Tomorrow
William McMurtrie, E.M., PhD, Chief Chemist of the Department of Agriculture from 1872 to 1879 and its special agent in agricultural technology from that date until 1882 died in New York Saturday last after a prolonged illness.

His services to science were held in such esteem that he was created Chevalier du Merite Agricole by the French government in 1883 and elected to preside over the chemical section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York section of the American Chemical Society and President of the American Chemical Society which is the largest organization of its kind in the world. He was for four years chemist to the Illinois State Board of Agriculture, for two years chemist of the Illinois Agricultural Experiment Station and for six years, Professor of Chemistry in the University of Illinois. From 1888 to his death he was engaged in commercial employment.

He combined to a rare degree a regard for pure science and a capacity for applying its methods and results to the benefit of mankind. He devised methods for the manufacture on a large scale of chemical food products of a degree of purity never before realized. Those who had the pleasure of his personal acquaintance bear witness to his charm of manner and to his sterling qualities as a chemist and a man.

While in Washington, he married Helen M. Douglass, daughter of the Commissioner of the District, who with one son survives him. The burial services will be held in the chapel at Oak Hill Cemetery tomorrow afternoon at 5 o'clock.

The Washington Post Sunday, May 25, 1913
McMurtrie. On Saturday, May 24, 1913 at his residence in New York City, William, beloved husband of Helen Douglass McMurtrie.

Funeral service at Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel, Tuesday, May 27 at 5PM.


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  • Created by: SLGMSD
  • Added: 8 Feb 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 47802647
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/47802647/william-mcmurtrie: accessed ), memorial page for William McMurtrie (1852–24 May 1913), Find a Grave Memorial ID 47802647, citing Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA; Maintained by SLGMSD (contributor 46825959).