Dr. Egon Stark
Dr. Egon Stark died of natural causes on April 12, 2017. He was 96 years old. Born in Vienna, Austria in 1920, he received his BSA in Agronomy, and his MS in Microbiology at the University of Winnipeg, Manitoba and his PhD at Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana.
For thirteen years, he was a research scientist at Seagram’s Distillers, Louisville, Kentucky. He is a Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology, College of Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY., where for twenty-one years he taught bacteriology, biotechnology, mycology, virology, and about human parasites. He started the biotechnology program with one tabletop fermenter, shaker, and a six-unit pilot-plant donated by Seagram. He held a US Patent for having isolated a thermophilic amylase from the medium. He is a Charter member of Phi Kappa Phi. After retirement, he taught at the Athenaeum, RIT, where he originated and presented lectures on Fine Art for fifteen years.
Egon enjoyed collecting stamps, drawing, painting, photography, gardening and playing the alto saxophone. He and his wife were active for many years in the Democratic Party of New York.
He was married to his beautiful wife Flora for sixty-one years, and is survived by three children, Sandra, Eliot, and Jeffrey and his sister, Erika Fry. In 2010, he moved to Boston to live with his daughter, Sandra.
A private service will be held. In lieu of flowers a donation to Lollypop Farms, adopt a pet, of Rochester, NY, may be made if one wishes. www.lollypop.org
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