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There is a website for all retiree news from UK employees. For log-on information, contact Phil Ellis. Please note that this website address changed in April 2010. The new site is www.kodakretirees.co.uk. 

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Keeping up with Retirees

Jon Kriegel writes...   
Volunteers are needed to excite youth on Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)
The Rochester Engineering Society is seeking volunteers to help school teachers instruct and students learn the excitement of STEM with real world applications. Please read their brochure. Interested? Contact Jon Kriegel, Volunteer Coordinator. November 30, 2015

Carl Kohrt writes...
Thank you for the invitation for the May KRL Retiree Luncheon. I will not be able to make the drive from SC to attend. Please extend my best wishes to my former colleagues. I think of the good work done by them with pride.  

After our unexpected service as Interim President and First Lady to Furman University ended and the new President installed this March we returned to Lake Keowee at the base if the Blue Ridge Mts. I continue to work with start up companies as investor, mentor, or board member --winning some and losing some as is the nature of the genre. The real fun of course is family.        April 8, 2015

John Monnier KRL (1972-1993) and Eastman Chemical Research Labs (1993-2004) writes…

I am now in my 10th year as a Research Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, and have continued research in the area of heterogeneous catalysis, particularly the use of bimetallic catalysts. We use a modification of the method of electroless plating developed by Joe Yudelson, when I was a member of his research group at Kodak.  Rather than plating, we use the method to deposit sub-monolayers or even 1-2 monolayers of a second metal on a primary metal to produce novel, and well-controlled, bimetallic catalysts.  These materials have been used very successfully for reactions ranging from direct methanol fuel cells to selective glycerol oxidation to selective hydrogenation of acetylene in ethylene cracking streams.  All of my PhD students have gone on to very successful careers in industry and academia.  I anticipate doing this for another 5 – 10 yrs, if possible.  Interestingly, I draw upon my background at KRL almost daily in my research projects-the greatest “university environment” I have ever experienced.

Tony Kaye honored
Tony Kaye (formerly of Harrow R&D) and his wife Deanna have been awarded the 2013 Ernie Heath Shield by national charity Ataxia UK, in recognition and honor of their outstanding contribution to people affected by ataxia.

Ataxia means ' lack of order' and is the term given to a group of neurological conditions that affect balance, coordination and speech. In some cases, people get the symptoms of ataxia for short periods of time and then recover. In many cases ataxia is permanent, progressive (i.e. the symptoms get worse over time) and life limiting.

Deanna, who has cerebellar ataxia, and Tony have a long association with Ataxia UK, running its North West London Branch, raising funds and awareness, and volunteering at the London Specialist Ataxia Clinic at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Queen Square. The couple has raised over £6,000 for the charity, and Tony has also volunteered his professional photography skills to record several events.

Bill Staudenmeyer writes 
"In my retirement I have pursued 'Recreational Science' investigations, following some interesting chemistry and physics frontiers.   A sign of vitality is robust controversy with serious discussion and investigation, often leading to progress.  New concepts emerge and gain respectability but only after healthy skepticism.  Even then, questions can linger, such as whether some of the non-intuitive claims of conventional quantum mechanics can in fact have alternative explanations.

I have followed two forums as  examples of opposing viewpoints:  (1) the Susskind Lectures (stanfordcontinuingstudies/physics.edu), as the established mainstream, presenting the 'theoretical minimum' of modern physics, and (2) the new work of Randell Mills (blacklightpower.com), undoubtedly controversial, but with enough supportive evidence to be at least intriguing.  Examples of issues where these two contenders would vie are:  hydrogen ground state vs. hydrino fractional states,  H electron orbit stability vs. Haus/Goedecke radiation criteria,  Higgs boson vs. precisely calculated particle masses using fundamental constants only,  unidentified dark matter vs. hydrino proposal, and as derivatives, several new potential energy sources.

This would seem to deserve more attention, if only because of the potential benefits to all.   The absence of serious outside experimental work to follow up Mills publications, which invite reproducibility investigations, is glaring.  Perhaps this is explainable because the initial hydrogen work was mistakenly identified with the Cold Fusion fiasco.  Nor was it helped by the scope of Mills claims.  But the chemistry is quite different, and the actuality here seems to be extraordinary.  Several books have already been written, including one by Mills, along with over 90  journal publications with his collaborators.  An example is a paper by Mills et al in EurPhysJourD2011, reporting experimental measurement of novel extended UV continuum emission spectra accompanying hydrino formation, with emission edges corresponding to the 1/3 and 1/4 fractional H states.  The journal editors made a special plea for outside reproducibility investigations, but nothing has appeared.

So, a question to be considered is, what exactly is wrong here ?" (8/22/2013)

Bill Staudenmayer
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Richard Mackson is featured in Santa Monica College alumni newsletter. (8/20/2013)

Carl Kohrt  is now acting-president of his alma mater Furman University!

Mary Jane Hellyar  is now president of Tredegar!

Richard Mackson  is photographing the London 2012 Olympics. Follow his current images at here.

Nick Zumbulyadis  is part of team to study chemical mechanisms behind the deterioration of famous paintings

A research program developed jointly by Dr. Nicholas Zumbulyadis (KRL retiree, 2005), Dr. Silvia Centeno, research scientist at the Scientific Research Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Dr. Cecil Dybowski, professor at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry of the University of Delaware has received funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project is supported through NSF’s Cultural Heritage Science program, and will use solid state nuclear magnetic resonance techniques to study the chemistry behind the gradual deterioration of significant paintings, among them iconic works by Rembrandt van Rijn and John Singer Sargent.

Solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is an advanced analytical technique for the characterization of molecular structure and dynamics and is now a well-established tool for solving problems in biochemistry, polymer chemistry and materials science. While at Kodak, Dr. Zumbulyadis pioneered the application of solid state NMR to the characterization of pigments and coatings used in various imaging technologies. Prof. Dybowski has done fundamental work in solid state NMR at the University of Delaware. Dr. Centeno uses vibrational spectroscopy and other analytical techniques to investigate and help preserve works of art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 

The grant also funds the creation of a three-year postdoctoral position for a recent graduate with a PhD in chemistry.

Contact: Nicholas Zumbulyadis, nickz@frontiernet.net or (585) 458-4027


Jim Patton enjoys his post retirement time being a travel photographer. He is an artist in residence at the Image City Photogaphy Gallery at 722 University Avenue in Rochester. He will be one of the two featured photographers in an upcoming show entitled "The World Through Different Eyes" where he will show 20 pictures from his recent trip to Viet Nam. You can see more of Jim's work at his website, www.jamespatton.com.   

Jim Buntaine has joined Konarka as Chief Technical Office and Executive Vice President.  

Bob Shanebrook  was featured in the 30 January 2011 Writers section of the Democrat and Chronicle.

Clark Kurtz has been hosting our retired researchers online email database) on his www.homepagedoctor.com website for years. He tells he is still spending his hobby time learning the latest web and database technologies.

Clark used what he learned the last couple years on his new website, www.LawOfAllTheLand.org which he says is a non-partisan website aimed at promoting the interests of good governance. And he hopes that his fellow retirees will agree with the initiative.

Bob Shanebrook finished his 6+ year post-retirement  book, "Making Kodak Film."  The book gives a simple but thorough description of  film manufacturing at Kodak with over 130 photograph and  25 diagrams.

The information is unique. Kodak has been very open sharing information; this will certainly be the definitive publication on the topic.  The book has received favorable endorsements. 

The book is now available for sale. Since Bob is producing a limited number of books, it is important to order now. Contact directly from Bob, either on the book website or by emailing him. (7/27/2010) 

Wolfgang Gunther
and  Helge repeated a memorable 1999 safari to Tanzania and Kenya nn July 2009, this time with HD camera and 12 mp photo equipment. By now 27 short video sequences, 2-9 minutes, have been posted on his YouTube channel. They are mostly of animal encounters in Africa and on peri-Antarctic Islands. The initial URL only shows three items, click on <see all> to open the full list or click here. (9/14/2009)

John Mee 
found a 1930 copy of Kodakery, when the name was used for an external publication rather than an internal information organ. John lives in Rochester, where he plays a tremendous game of golf! (8/28/2009)

Bob Hunt 
of the Harrow Labs was awarded an O.B.E. in the recent Queen’s birthday honours list for "services to colour science and to young people through Crusaders." (8/15/2009)

Sam Weller 
the former Director of the Kodak European Research Centre, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts on July 13, 2009 by De Montfort University's (DMU) Art and Design faculty in Leicester. (7/29/2009)

Nick Zumbulyadis 
was awarded a travel grant of $3,000 by the American Ceramic Circle (ACC) to complete his research on the influence of the 17th century French painter and illustrator Jacques Stella on the decoration of 18th century French faience and German porcelain. The grant award was announced on June 12, and the research results will be submitted for publication in the ACC Journal vol. XVI by April 2010. Since his retirement from Kodak Nick has been active as an independent scholar in the history of ceramics. He regularly lectures on the history of ceramics from the twin perspectives of the art and chemistry historian and recently joined the “Speakers in the Humanities” program of the New York State Council for the Humanities. (6/23/2009)

R. W. G (Bob) Hunt  of the Harrow Labs will be in Rochester this summer. The reknowned colour theorist and practician is presenting a paper at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Munsell Color Science Laboratory at RIT on 8 June.  Paul Gilman, Ron Mowrey, and Martin Scott have  expressed interest in a luncheon or dinner with him on or around this date. If you would like to join them, please contact Martin Scott at (585) 244-7175 or  mscott@rochester.rr.com (4/25/2009)

Fred Guevara 
writes "I have retired from my second retirement job; I miss small business planning but still do some consulting on a pro bono basis as needs present themselves. Pat and I have three kids, 10 grandkids, and live in three homes during each year; home base is Granville OH, winter escape is Orlando FL and summer vacation home is still in Cranberry Lake, New York .I'm busy with volunteer work in all three places, but I'm finally feeling like I've really retired.  I am now the fulll-time chef in the family and recently headed a crew that prepared Italian cuisine for 250 people as a fundraiser.  My cell phone number is (740) 975-1629" (3/28/2009)

Dan Neuberger 
writes "I will be the featured artist May 20-June 14 at the Image City Photography Gallery, 722 University Avenue (near Oxford).  Hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm and Noon to 4 pm Sunday.  The show is entitled MY ODE TO FRANCE, and a free reception will take place May 22, 5 to 8:30 pm." dano@rochester.rr.com (3/1/2009)

Carl Kohrt  
writes "As many of you know (or suspect) Carl and Lynne Kohrt once again find themselves in a "retired state" as of December 31, 2008.  Carl retired after 7 1/2 years as President and CEO of Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio.  It was a good run, as they say, with revenue growing from 1B to nearly 5B with an emphasis on running 6 of the US National Laboratories for the Departments of Energy and Homeland Security as well as contract research in energy, infectious disease, and homeland security.  Some of this growth and subsequent impact was fueled by my joining two weeks after 9/11 and we were soon called on by the government to help solve some major problems in security.  My successor, Dr. Jeffrey Wadsworth, also enters at a time of crisis when good science and its application will be brought to bear in areas of energy and disease.  Jeff is a member of the National Academy, a metallurgist and an expert on ancient swords.  He has most recently been the Laboratory Director of Oak Ridge National Lab, Deputy Director of Lawrence Livermore National Lab, and a research manager at Lockheed.  He came to Battelle 6 years ago, so our transition has been fabulous as we built a strategy and management team together.

"In the meantime, Lynne has found that I am badly in need of some remedial training, as we are having too many "close encounters of the wrong kind" in certain areas of the house.  We plan to leave Columbus, Ohio,  by mid-summer and set up our residence, once again, in Salem, SC where we have a home on the water near the mountains and Furman University, my alma mater.  Of course in today's economy, our real estate listing on our house may outlast my lifetime--anyone interested?  On the business side, I sit on the boards of two public companies that are growing their R&D investments:  Scotts Miracle-Gro (SMG) and Kinetic Concepts Inc (KCI).  KCI has a Kodak connection through its CEO, Cathy Burzik, who began her career at Kodak in clinical diagnostics R&D and was part of the Health Sciences Division and corporate planning before leaving to become President of a J&J division.  She and her husband, Frank (a former engineer at Elmgrove) are living in San Antonio where they are competitive ball-room dancers on the few days Cathy is in town. I also am helping Battelle finish two Asian deals in Malaysia and China (surprised?) that will take me to far away places a couple of time this year.  Yea, I know, I know it is time to slow down.  We do hope that this finds our friends and colleagues in good spirits and good health." (2/23/2009)

Carl and Lynne Kohrt
candlkohrt@aol.com
614-799-1807

Frank Drago 
writes "On Sept. 3rd I will travel to Sicily to visit a village (Valledolmo) near Palermo. This is the village where all four of my grandparents are from. The arrived in the USA from 1890 to 1895 and settled in western NY. On Sept. 8th I will travel to Germany where I will meet  my son Peter and we will travel to Wurzberg to spend a week visiting an exchange student(Carl Schlier)who lived with our family for a year as a teenager. We also plan to tour the Bavarian region including Munich. We will return home on Sept. 16th." (8/30/2008)

Wolfgang Gunther 
writes "My wife Helge and I  continue our traveling lifestyle. Our trip to the Galapagos islands in May07 on a small vessel with only nine fellow passengers was a wonderful experience and is recorded on a 120 minute DVD, the best we have ever produced. Wolfgang also delivered the introductory lecture at ICCST-10 [International Conference on the Chemistry of Selenium and Tellurium] in Lodz, Poland in June07 http://tinyurl.com/yhkrsn in the form of a commemorative DVD. Wolfgang started the series in 1971 and it has become an unexpected,  self-propagating success. Incidental to this is the Selenium and Tellurium Interest Group, SeTeIG, http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/SeTeIG/ a discussion list that Wolfgang is hosting and that has currently 163 world-wide subscribers.

"In Fall 2007 we visited old haunts in England, like Leeds where we first  met, London where Helge got her Ph.D, and Manchester to attended the wedding of a young friend. We also saw Stonehenge in real life for the first time. Massachusetts' Patriot's Week in April 2008 found us exploring Hawaii with our two youngest grandchildren, paying off on a promise made 5 years ago when we had taken the two older ones (who are now in college). In March 2008 we had our 50th wedding anniversary but delayed celebration until July (better traveling weather) for a wonderful and well attended party thrown by our children. And the ACS  gave Wolfgang a pin and a free lunch in honor of being a 50-year member. The ACS Philadelphia Section can actually boast of one 70-year member who also attended the luncheon. Sept./Oct. will find us in Campos do Jordão, Brazil to present a DVD update of the ICCST presentation by invitation of the organizers of 'II Encontro sobre Selênio e Telúrio - Brasil' (http://tinyurl.com/5pq3dm). Attendance at the conference will be preceded by a photographic wildlife expedition in the Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, area of Brazil.Wolfgang also continues to host eSterlinK, an online mail list of former Kodak/Sterling employees. Fourteen years after Kodak divested itself of Sterling, eSterlink has 404 active subscribers in about 190 companies, a powerful networking group." (Wolfgang@Gunther.com)  (8/31/2008)


Paul Gilman 
sends along this link: Creating Stereo Pix using Kodak Digital Cameras 
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