Chemistry lab to be named for Richason

The Chemistry Department will celebrate the naming of the George R. Richason, Jr. Laboratory during Homecoming Weekend on Friday, Oct. 14, from 3-5 p.m.

The research facility in 256 Goessmann Lab will be named in honor of professor emeritus George R. Richason, Jr., who earned his B.S. through the department in 1937 and went on to complete his M.S. in 1939.

Following a stint with the Navy in World War II, Richason returned to the Chemistry Department as an assistant professor in 1947. He was promoted to associate professor in 1956 and professor in 1964. In 1963, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 1991, he was given an honorary degree.

Although he retired from the faculty in 1976, Richason continued to work in the department as scheduling officer and chief undergraduate advisor. He also has served as the official bearer of the University mace, leading processionals for Commencement and other ceremonies for the past 31 years.

The ceremonies will begin with a reception in 252 Goessmann at 3 p.m., followed by a lecture by professor Michael Barnes on “Nanotechnology in the Richason Laboratory.” The naming of the Richason Laboratory will take place in 256 Goessmann at 4, followed by congratulations in room 252 from 4:30-5 p.m.

RSVP to Susan Pixley by phone at 545-2585, or by e-mail at spixley@chem.umass.edu.