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McNaught, John Patrick, 1920-2001
John Patrick McNaught (1920-2001), E1941, was born in Dannemora, New York and grew up in Waukesha, Wisconsin. His family moved to Bedford, Massachusetts, and soon after he commenced his studies at Tufts. He graduated with a degree in Chemistry in 1941 before heading off to serve in World War II as a chemical warfare instructor. During his college days, McNaught was a member of the Newman Club, the Lacrosse team, and Alpha Kappa Pi.
McNaught spent his career after the war working for Lever Brothers, Co. in Cambridge, Massachusetts and later in Edgewater, New Jersey. Eventually ascending to the post of research director, he acquired numerous patents in fats and oils processing. Among his accomplishments, his best known invention was Mrs. Butterworth's pancake syrup.
In 1985 he moved to Dayton, Tennessee. There he joined St. Bridget's Catholic Church and served as Eucharistic minister. He was also an active volunteer with the Literacy Volunteers of America. John's daughter, Patricia, J1971, attended his alma mater.
John Patrick McNaught died Saturday, April 20th, 2001 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, of natural causes.
Sources:AD; CFP April 22 2002
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