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Department of

Chemistry and Biochemistry

John P. McDermott

Professor Emeritus, Chemistry

John P. McDermott, Professor Emeritus in Chemistry at USD, passed away on May 26, 2006 at the age of 88. Professor McDermott joined the faculty of what was then the USD College for Men in 1960 after a very successful career as a research chemist with Standard Oil of New Jersey. Shortly after his arrival at USD, John was appointed Chairman of the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics, a position he held until 1967, when reorganization of the College for Men led to the elimination of the divisional structure. During the time that he chaired the division, John played a pivotal role in shaping the math and science areas at the fledgling university. That these departments have blossomed into among the strongest at the university is due in no small measure to his pioneering efforts. He retired from USD in 1984.


B.S., University of Portland; M.S., Ph.D., University of Notre Dame