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Professor Emeritus Paul Damour '58 Passes Away

February 01, 2016

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Prof. Paul Damour '68Dr. Paul Lawrence Damour, Saint Anselm College Class of 1958 and professor emeritus of chemistry, passed away on January 30 in Bedford, N.H. He was born in Concord, N.H.on January 26, 1937, the son of Napoleon and Margaret (Norton) Damour.

Paul graduated from Henniker High School in 1954 and received a B.S. degree from Saint Anselm College in 1958. He was awarded a Ph.D. in chemistry from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1963 and conducted N.S.F. post-doctoral research work at Boston University during the summers of 1964 and 1965. Paul accepted a position as assistant professor of chemistry at Saint Anselm College in September 1962 where he taught for 45 years as a member of the chemistry department until his teaching retirement at the college in May 2008 as professor emeritus. During his tenure he served as chairman of the chemistry department for seven years, conducted research projects funded by the Department of Homeland Security, prepared the college's initial Chemical Hygiene Plan, and was instrumental in conducting the college selfassessment study for the Environmental Protection Agency. Paul researched and held a patent on Thermal Analysis for Detection and Identification of Explosives and Other Controlled Substances. Paul also served as instructor and the coordinator of Evening Education for University of Massachusetts Lowell chemistry department for 45 years. His professional associations include his lifelong memberships with American Chemical Society, New England Association of Chemistry Teachers, and Sigma Xi.

Paul is survived by his wife, Nancy, of 53 years; four children, Paul Damour, Kevin Damour, Nicole Damour and Michelene Sears; and six grandchildren.

There will be a calling hour from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Bedford, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m.

Private burial will be held at a later date in Nashua.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to one of the following:

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