Roger L. Logan, 97, of Newfoundland dies


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Roger L. Logan, born Jan. 26, 1920, and a 44-year resident of Newfoundland, NJ, died peacefully at his home with his wife of 71 years by his side on Aug. 21, 201,7 after a brief illness. He was 97 years old.

He was a highly regarded chemical industry executive in a career that spanned seven decades. He worked in the chemical industry for 72 straight years from the day he graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. degrees in chemistry when he went to work for DuPont in 1944 until the end of 2016 when he was nearly 94.

As president of O.C.A. Corporation from 1988 to 2014 he was engaged for his technical expertise as an oil chemist for clients located in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia which included Union Camp, Air Products & Chemicals, Koch Modular Process Systems (KPMS), Piedmont Chemical, and Acidchem (USA) Inc. to name a few. His last consulting contract was with Zschimmer & Schwarz, Inc. in Georgia.

His last corporate position was as technical director of the chemical division at Union Camp Corporation in Wayne, NJ (now International Paper Co.) where he oversaw research and development (R&D) and their commercial labs for 15 years from 1973 to 1988.

Prior to Union Camp, he served as vice president of R&D for Wilson-Martin Pharmaceutical Co., a division of Wilson Sporting Goods, in Philadelphia, PA.

Roger traveled all over North and South America, Europe, and the Far East. He particularly enjoyed the time he spent in Malaysia, India, China, and the Philippines in the last two decades of his career.

The U.S. Patent Office granted him numerous patents for his work in fatty acid and edible oil chemical refining and processing.

In his early career, he was also especially proud of having been a ‘Dollar-a-Year-Man’ for the U.S. government while employed at Goodyear Synthetic Rubber in Akron, Ohio where he assisted in synthesizing rubber for the war. He met his future wife at Goodyear, who worked as a lab technician.

A former 21-year resident of Moorestown, NJ, Roger and his wife Ruth along with a few other couples from the ‘neighborhood’ founded Sunnybrook Swim Club, a competitive swim club, in 1956. Sunnybrook’s success spawned a boom in competitive swims teams across three counties in South Jersey. No one ever imagined at the time it would become a town institution.

He is survived by his wife Ruth B. Logan, five children Roger L. Logan, Jr. (Paterson, NJ), Claudia B. Logan (Newfoundland, NJ), Dr. James J. Logan (Macon, GA), Michael D. Logan (Shawnee, PA), and Maureen Logan-Raezer (John) (Lancaster, PA), and five grandchildren Anna S. Logan, Mary Caroline Logan, Michael Scott Logan, Emily D. Raezer, and William Raezer along with a niece Alice Logan-Cataldo of South Hadley, Massachusetts, a sister-in-law Cynthia J. Bias of Manchester, Ohio, and numerous nieces and nephews in Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085 in care of Janet Duffy, Assistant Director of Gifts and Donations.

Private funeral arrangements are being handled by Richards Funeral Home, 1440 Union Valley Road, West Milford, NJ, (973) 728-8989.
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