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Alan E. Platt



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Date published: 5/1/2013

Alan E. Platt

Alan Edward Platt, 76, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his home in Fredericksburg.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Anne; his daughter, Leslie, her husband, Mark, and children Livie and Oren; and his son, Michael, his wife, Aimee, and daughter Maya.

He will be remembered for his formidable intellect, his love of music, especially Mozart, his famous barbecued flank steak and his interest in the next generation. He will be greatly missed by his family and all of his friends, and has a special place in all of their hearts.

Alan and Anne moved to Fredericksburg in 2000 from Midland, Mich. Alan retired from Dow Chemical Co. in Midland in 1993 as a research scientist specializing in the development of processes to make polystyrene. He was recognized as a top scientist in his field and was a key scientist responsible for the development of syndiotatic polystyrene. Alan was a creative and dedicated scientist and was a mentor to many younger scientists.

He joined Dow Chemical Co. in 1963 after earning his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of London (UK) and two post-doctoral degrees from the University of Michigan and California Institute of Technology.

Alan was born in London, England, and moved to the United States in 1961. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theo and Nancy Platt; his brother, John; and his two beloved standard poodles.

A private remembrance will be held on May 1 in Fredericksburg. A celebration of his life is planned at a later date this summer in Michigan.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Fredericksburg Regional SPCA, 10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, Va. 22408.

Online guest book is at covenantfuneralservice.com.