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Ralph J. Gall, 91, chemist for Manhattan Project; Nov. 28, 1920 -- Feb. 16, 2012

Ralph J. Gall of Amherst, a retired chemist who worked on the Manhattan Project, died Feb. 16 in Garfield Health and Rehabilitation Center, Lancaster. He was 91.

Born in Buffalo, his family ran a bakery in the city's Cold Spring neighborhood near Canisius College during the Great Depression. He was a 1938 graduate of Canisius High School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Canisius College in 1942 and his master's in 1947.

Mr. Gall had a long and varied career in chemistry. He was employed at Lake Ontario Ordnance Works and worked on the Manhattan Project at Linde during the 1940s.

He worked for Becco Chemical, now FMC Corp, from 1946 to 1966. Mr. Gall then went to work for Hooker Chemical, which later became Occidental Chemical Corp., from 1966 to 1981. He then became a consultant.

Mr. Gall had numerous papers published in trade journals, and he was the author of booklets on sludge and recycling. During his career, he helped pioneer the development of epoxy plasticizers for vinyl resins and helped develop a recyling process for disposable diapers, among other chemical research contributions. He had over 100 U.S. and foreign patents.

He was a member of several technical organizations, including the American Chemical Society. He also served on the Amherst Solid Waste Committee. He was active in Christ the King Catholic Church in Snyder, where he was a lector and member of the Holy Name Society, among other volunteer duties.

Mr. Gall's first wife, the former Mary Louise Shine, died in 1976. His second wife, the former Patricia Roessler, died in 2011.

He is survived by two daughters, Katherine Hensleigh and Mary S.

A memorial Mass was offered Thursday in Christ the King Church.

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