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Steve G. Cottis, 82, chemist with numerous patents

Sept. 18, 1934 – Sept. 16, 2017

Steve G. Cottis, a chemist and inventor with numerous patents, died Sept. 16 in Westampton, N.J., following a stroke. He was 82.

Born in Buffalo, the youngest of four children of Greek immigrants, Mr. Cottis was an outstanding student and graduated early from Bennett High School in 1950. Entering the University of Buffalo at the age of 16, he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, a master’s degree in economics and a doctorate in inorganic chemistry.

He took post-doctoral studies at the University of Athens, Greece, then taught at the University of Iowa.

Mr. Cottis returned to Buffalo and worked in research and development for Carborundum Corp. until 1983, then had research positions with Solvay Advanced Polymers in Kentucky and DuPont in New Jersey.

He held at least 19 patents for his research with ferrocene and liquid crystalline polymers. His work led to the development of heat-resistent plastics used in electrical insulation, ovenproof cookware and heat shielding for space vehicles.

A pianist, he wrote several piano compositions. He also enjoyed gardening and was a cat lover.

Mr. Cottis was fluent in Greek and German, and he was known for his quirky sense of humor and his exuberant Greek dancing.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Milada Usewicz, along with nieces and nephews.

There will be no services.

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