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Stephen R. Mazur, on team that X-rayed dinosaur
March 29, 1957 -- Jan. 19, 2007

Stephen R. Mazur of Youngstown, a chemical engineer who was a member of a scientific team that X-rayed the best-preserved dinosaur ever discovered, died Friday from injuries he suffered in an automobile accident in Pittsburgh. He was 49.

Born in Washington, D.C., he was raised in Alexandria, Va., and was a 1975 graduate of T.C. Williams High School.

In 1981, he received a bachelor's in chemical engineering from West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va., and became a licensed professional chemical engineer.

While attending WVU, he received a Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarship and joined the Army in 1981. He was commandant of the Nuclear Biological and Chemical School at Fort Dix, N.J., rising to the rank of captain.

Mr. Mazur was a technical sales representative for Nalco Chemical Co., based in Denver, and then for Olin Chemical Co. in Richmond, Va., before moving to Lewiston and setting up a private business as a stockbroker.

While living in the Lewiston area, he worked for the New York City Metropolitan Refining Co. Later, he became a pioneer in the nondestructive industrial testing industry with experience in many nondestructive technologies, including computed radiography. He most recently worked for Kodak as technical sales manager.

As a member of the Kodak team on the Leonardo dinosaur project, he played a critical role in setting up each X-ray of the brachylophosaurus canadensis. He recently wrote a scientific paper for "Inspection Trends" on computed radiography and its use in structural steel bridge inspections.

A humanitarian, he was chairman of the 2003 American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. He was the intergroup public relations representative for Gamblers Anonymous of Western New York and a founding member of the Gun Harbor wilderness expeditionary team and the Beaver River Fall Hunt Club.

Survivors include his wife, the former Jill Gleason; two daughters, Amy and Emily; his father, John; three brothers, Rick, Gary and Jack; and a sister, Patti Hartford.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday in Messiah Lutheran Church, 915 Oneida St., Lewiston.


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