Alfred C. Webber

Born: Thu., Oct. 10, 1907
Died: Wed., Aug. 8, 2012

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Aug. 25, 2012
Location: Longwood Funeral Home

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Alfred C. Webber of Chadds Ford passed away at his home on Wednesday, August 8, 2012.  He was 104 years old.  Born in Lisbon Falls, Maine on October 10, 1907, Alfred was the son of the late Hattie Louise Webber (nee. Littlefield) and the late Chester Elton Webber.

Al graduated from Lisbon Falls High School, Bates College (B.S. 1928) and Boston University (M.S. 1940). He started his career as an educator, teaching science in high schools in Franklin and  Brookline, Massachusetts.  In 1942 he joined the DuPont Company’s Plastic Department Research Laboratory in Arlington, New Jersey, where he set up the company’s first Physical Measurements Laboratory.  When that Department was moved to the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware, Al followed.  He developed standardized test methods for comparison of products in research and development throughout the company.  Al was president of the American Society of Testing and Materials in 1962 and was the plastics chairman of the International Standards Organization. He became a Fellow of the Optical Society of America, was awarded the International Award by the Society of Plastics Engineers, and the ASTM Award of Merit. He retired from DuPont in 1972.

Al was very active in the community establishing Cub Packs and Scout Troops, working on Chadds Ford May Fairs and reunions.  He served on the Unionville-Chadds Ford School Board, was active with the Chadds Ford Historical Society, and was Judge of Elections in Birmingham Township.  He became a Director Emeritus of the Kennett Symphony Orchestra of Chester County.

His hobbies of stamp collecting, gardening, astronomy, photography and lapidary filled his retirement years.  Most of all, he enjoyed sharing his knowledge and love of these things.  He was a Life Member of the Delaware Astronomical Society where he received the Luther J. Porter Educator Award, a Fellow of Mount Cuba Astronomical Observatory,  a Life Member of The Tuscarora Lapidary Society, and an Honorary Member of the Delaware Photographic Society.  He was a Brother of the Granite-Corinthian Lodge No. 34, serving as a Mason for 81 years.

Alfred was the beloved husband for 52 years to the late Margaret F. Webber (nee. Vaughn).  She passed away in 1982.  He was the father of Alfred C. Webber, Jr., and David V. Webber of Chadds Ford, Philip A. Webber of Marlton, New Jersey and Judith M. Stark and her husband, James of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  His is also survived by 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.  

A Remembrance service will be offered at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at the LONGWOOD FUNERAL HOME of MATTHEW GENEREUX, 913 East Baltimore Pike in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348 (610-388-6070 tel.).

Burial will be private at the family cemetery in Maine.

Please omit flowers.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Kennett Symphony Orchestra of Chester County, 105 South Broad Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348 -or- Mt. Cuba Astronomical Observatory, 1610 Hillside Mill Road Greenville, DE 19807 -or- Bates College, 2 Andrews Road Lewiston, ME 04240.


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Marjorie Maloy
   Posted Sat August 11, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are being sent even though I will be unable to attend the memorial service. I appreciate all the pictures and memories I have of Alfred over the years. I always looked forward to the birthday card he sent me every year on my birthday. The family is sending their thoughts and prayers.

Marjorie Maloy

Paula D''Onofrio Garrison
   Posted Tue August 14, 2012
Dear Members of Mr. Webber's family:
Although our paths did not cross after I left DuPont Plastics at the Station over 40 years ago, I remember Mr. Webber with fondness. He was such a kind and "gentle" man and I was honored to have worked with him. He deserved a long life and satisfying retirement. Please accept my sincere sympathies at this sad time.

Paula (nee D'Onofrio) Garrison

The Whites
   Posted Wed August 22, 2012
"Big Al" garnered a corner in our hearts when he won Sadie's over at the Bates Reunion Weekend in 2008. He was a very special addition to our family of friends and we thoroughly enjoyed receiving his phone calls, emails and all the wonderful insights and advice that came with them. May he rest in peace and may all his friends and family cherish the memories of a truly great man.

Tom DeMott
   Posted Sat August 25, 2012
To All,

Al Webber and I first crossed paths when I was a twelve year old scout with Unionville troop 22, circa 1958. Al invited the whole gang out to the hill in back of his place for an evening sky show. We lit a campfire, looked through his telescope and asked a hundred questions, as he explained the night sky. It was awesome!

I never forgot that experience and in 1986, after joining the Delaware Astronomical Society, I was overjoyed to find him as a member. I had many opportunities to listen to his lectures and mini-talks about a myriad of astronomical subjects. One of his favorite quips was that he was basically a
"gee-whiz" amateur astronomer. I liked that moniker and use it often in reference to myself and in recollection of an inspirational friend who will be genuinely missed.

Sincerest Condolences,
Tom DeMott

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