Dr. Don Slocum, Inventor of ‘Corian’ Surfacing, Dies

Convent Station, NJ — Dr. Donald Hillman Slocum, a biochemist who invented “Corian” solid surface material, died in February here.

Dr. Slocum was a prolific inventor and scientist who was among the earliest researchers to demonstrate the role of free radicals as agents in the aberrant growth of cells.

At the time of its invention, and for many years afterward, Corian was the only product of its kind, and eventually created the worldwide solid surface industry, which now consists of dozens of products, many aimed primarily at the kitchen and bath market.

Dr. Slocum also served in executive capacities at several corporations, including DuPont, Hoffmann-LaRoche and Masonite, from which he retired as senior v.p. of technology. He was also a writer, lecturer, consultant and teacher.

Born in Flushing, NY, he received degrees from Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia, the University of Vermont, and Ohio State University. He also received honorary degrees and other awards, and was inducted into several business Halls of Fame, including those of the NKBA and the ISSFA.

Dr. Slocum served in the Korean War, and retired from the U.S. Army as a colonel after 30 years of service. Highly decorated, he will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC.

In addition, he was a noted amateur baseball and softball player, having played on the 1997 Senior Olympics Gold Medal Baseball Team, as well as with the New Jersey Embers Senior Softball Team.

Donations in Dr. Slocum’s name may be made to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, DUMC 3624, Durham, NC 27710.

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