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Herbert G. Guillaume, 78, of Maplewood, N.J., a noted chemist and former Buffalo-area resident, died Sunday (Nov. 29, 1998) in his home after a brief illness.

Born in Buffalo, he was a chemistry graduate of the University of Buffalo and began his career in 1944 with Linde Air Products in the Town of Tonawanda. He moved from North Tonawanda to New Jersey in 1960.

He founded three companies that made specialty gases for commercial use -- Precision Gas Products in Scotch Plains, N.J., in 1963, and Pressure Industries in Plainfield, N.J., and Ideal Gas Products in Edison, N.J., both in 1977.

He was vice president of Cryogenic Rare Gases in Newark, N.J., from 1975 to 1977.

In the mid-1960s, Guillaume became known for developing a highly accurate method of mixing industrial gases by weight instead of by pressure. He spoke on the topic at the Pittsburgh Conference, an annual industry conference, and at Harvard University.

He and his wife, the former Maura Reiman, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June.

Also surviving are five daughters, Mary Patrice "Patty" Karahalios of Chicago, Marcia Decker of Tampa, Fla., Denise Wyckoff of Troy, Ohio, Jane Dillonaire of Nazareth, Pa., and Diane Kiesel of Bridgewood, N.J.; two sons, Keith of Edison and Greg of Great Falls, Va.; and 15 grandchildren.

A memorial service was held today in Jacob A. Holle Funeral Home, Maplewood.

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