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Roger S. Storm, researcher in advanced ceramics

Jan. 6, 1943 – April 18, 2013

Roger S. Storm of Derby, a researcher in advanced ceramics, died Thursday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga, after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Kensington High School and attended the University at Buffalo, earning a doctorate in physical chemistry.

He joined Carborundum Corp. in 1969 and was director of the Wendell Center for Research. He was the author of 11 patents in advanced ceramics and material applications and processes. In the early 1980s, he helped direct a joint project between Carborundum and Harrison Radiator to create a ceramic turbine engine for automobiles.

From 1994 to 1997, he was director of avionics and MCM products at Carborundum Microelectronics, then became vice president of Advanced Refractory Technology in Buffalo. In 2001, he became a senior vice president of Materials & Electrochemical Research of Tucson, Ariz., a position he held at the time of his death.

Mr. Storm was an avid runner, bicyclist, skier, chef, wine lover and carpenter.

Surviving are his wife of 21 years, the former Diane Adams Scott; two sons, Jonathan and Don Scott; three daughters, Sarah Bohrer, Jessica Coyle and Bobbi Scott; and a brother, Dr. Donald.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home, 4199 Lake Shore Road, Hamburg.

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