Whittier College Loses Faithful Alumnus "Chet" McCloskey

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Devoted alumnus Chester "Chet" McCloskey '40, founder of chemical manufacturing company Norac, Inc., died January 15 at the age of 90. Throughout his life, McCloskey had been a generous alumnus and in 2009, he and his wife established the McCloskey Chair in Chemistry and the Hazel Cooper Jordan Chair in Arts and Humanities. Moreover, he was always a faithful Poet fan. 

"I hope you were able to experience the same joy I experienced in seeing Chet on the sidelines of football games, wearing his original letter sweater and, as always, cheering on the Poets," said President Sharon Herzberger in a letter to the Whittier community. 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 31, at 10:30 a.m. in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1757 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena. In lieu of flowers, the McCloskey family has suggested gifts be sent to Whittier College Office of Advancement.

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