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Dr. Lawrence M. Liggett Resident of Alamo June 22, 1917 – October 2, 2015 Larry Liggett passed away peacefully at home on Friday, October 2, 2015.  Dr. Liggett was a respected executive in the carbon and graphite, electronics and vacuum equipment manufacturing industries and a published authority on industrial graphite.  He was a loving husband and father. Dr. Liggett was born in Denver, Colorado, but grew up in Pella, Iowa, as the son of two Central College professors in Chemistry and Music.  As a teenager, his interest in photography led to publication of his photography of the Pella Tulip Festival in National Geographic.  He was also a counselor for the Boys Club of America and later in life a Board Member of a Boys Club Affiliate. Dr. Liggett graduated from Central College, Iowa, in 1938 and received his PhD in Chemistry from Iowa State in 1943.  From 1941 to 1943 he worked as a scientist for the National Defense Research Commission.  After receiving his doctorate, Dr. Liggett led a national defense plant as Plant Manager for Cardox Corporation.  Subsequently, he became Supervisor of Inorganic Research for Wyandotte Chemical Corporation, and then Director of Research and later Vice President and Technical Director of the Carbon and Graphite Division for Airco, Inc.  He served as President of Airco Electronics division from 1970 – 1975 and then as President of Airco Temescal in Berkeley, California from 1975 until retiring in 1983.  He then assumed the responsibilities of Director for the Hach Scientific Foundation and, over the next 16 years, managed over $2.1 million in scholarship funds for 109 students attending 40 different universities. During his life, Dr. Liggett authored or co-authored approximately 30 technical articles in various professional journals, contributed to the Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology on the subject of industrial graphite, and was the holder of several patents.  He served as a deacon and elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Lewiston, New York. Larry is survived by his loving wife, Edith (Harris) Liggett, to whom he was married for 72 years, his devoted children, Pamela Jane Liggett of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Dr. Betty Sue El Gammal of Birmingham, Alabama, sons-in-law, Thomas Gieleghem and Dr. Taher El Gammal, grandchildren, Dr. Robert L. Schwartz II and Kristina Schwartz, and great-grandchildren, Ria Barua Schwartz and Anya Barua Schwartz. Dr. Liggett’s remains were interred at Elmwood Cemetery in Coin, Iowa on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.  Family and friends are invited to a Memorial Service to be held at the San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church, 902 Danville Boulevard, Alamo, California 94507, (925) 837-5243 on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 2 P.M.  The family would appreciate that any flowers or contributions go to the Church.  Questions may be directed to Graham-Hitch Memorial Center, (925) 837-2500.
Published on  October 22, 2015
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