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Retired Research Chemist and Art Donor Receives Honorary Degree

(Posted May 6, 2002)


HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Quayton R. Stottlemyer, a native of Waynesboro, Pa. and a retired senior research chemist for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. Inc., will receive an honorary doctorate of humane letters degree from Juniata College May 12 at 2 p.m. during Juniata's 124th commencement ceremony.

Stottlemyer, a 1951 graduate of Juniata College, started his career at du Pont in 1959 as a chemist in the company's Photo Products Department in Parlin, N.J. He was named a research chemist for the Photo Products Department in the company's Experimental Station in Wilmington, Del. in 1965. In 1970, he was promoted to senior research chemist and retired from the company in 1985.

In 1998, Stottlemyer donated an extensive art collection to Juniata named in memory of his father, Worth B. Stottlemyer, a real estate agent in Waynesboro, Pa., and Washington, D.C. Quayton Stottlemyer and his late brother, Carmen, inherited the collection in 1951 after their father's death. The collection now comprises most of the permanent collection of the Juniata College Museum of Art.

After graduating from Juniata, Stottlemyer went on to earn a master's degree in physical chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1954. He also earned a doctorate in physical chemistry from Penn State University in 1959.
He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Sigma Xi. He also is a member of The Brandywiners Ltd. in Wilmington. He served as Chairman of Sound for the Wilmington Drama League from 1980 to 1995.

While at Juniata, Stottlemyer sang in the Juniata College Chapel Choir from 1947 to 1951. He also sang in the A Capella Choir in 1951 and edited the college's yearbook, the Alfarata. In addition, he was elected vice president of his class in 1951.

The Worth B. Stottlemyer Collection consists of more than 300 paintings, prints, drawings, and portrait miniatures. The collection includes paintings by Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, Jervis McEntee, Thomas and Edward Moran, and Ralph Blakelock. In addition to the larger paintings, the collection includes more than 70 portrait miniatures from the 18th and 19th centuries. Among the prints and drawings are works by Rembrandt, J.M.W. Turner, James Whistler, and selections from Hiroshige's "Fifty-Three Stages of the Tokaido."

Stottlemyer lives in Wilmington, Del. with his wife, Dorothy. Quayton's son, Dr. N. David Emerson, is a medical missionary in Guam.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.