Carleton A. Sperati, 91, passed away at his home in Parkersburg, W.Va., on Oct. 3, 2009.
He was born Sept. 1, 1918, in Fergus Falls, Minn., the son of Carsten E. and Martha Johnson Sperati.
Dr. Sperati graduated from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, in 1938 and earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Illinois in 1941. On June 1, 1941, he married Eloise Morris in Decorah, Iowa. They were married for 61 years before her death in 2003. Three children were born to this union, C. Robert, William E. and Solveig.
In June of 1941 Dr. Sperati began a 38-year career with the DuPont Company in Arlington, N.J., transferred to Wilmington, Del., in 1950 and to Parkersburg, W.Va., in 1972. He held multiple patents and was instrumental in the research and development of polytetrafluorethylene (Teflon). He retired from DuPont in 1978 as a Research Fellow to become the Stocker Visiting Distinguished Professor at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Following his time in Athens, he continued to be active in chemistry through participation in standards organizations (ASTM, ISO) and consulting.
He was an active outdoorsman in canoeing, camping and skiing, but the love of his life was music. He began playing flute at the age of 10 and continued playing and conducting in bands, theater and other musical organizations until age 89. His Parkersburg area involvement included the St. Marys Community Concert Band, Doug Hess Band, Parkersburg Actors Guild, Mid-Ohio Valley Players, the Smoot Theatre and his church. He was a member of First Lutheran Church, Parkersburg.
Dr. Sperati was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Eloise; one sister; and one brother.
He is survived by his children, C. Robert and Sondra Sperati of Landenburg, Pa., William E. and Elizabeth Sperati of Wilmington, Del., and Solveig Sperati Korte of Vermillion, S.D.; seven grandchildren, Christine (Don) Eastburn, John Sperati, Kendra Korte, Kirsten Korte, Jacob Sperati, Joshua (Peggy) Sperati and Rebecca Sperati; and three great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Lutheran Church, Parkersburg, with the Rev. Erik Nielsen officiating. Internment will be at the Lutheran Cemetery in Decorah, Iowa. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church.
Memorials may be sent to First Lutheran Church, Parkersburg, or Luther College Sperati Scholarship Fund, Decorah, Iowa 52101.