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Frederick J. McGarry papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0698

Scope and Contents

The collection documents the activities of Frederick J. McGarry. Collection materials span the years of 1965 to 2004 and primarily consist of correspondence.


  • Creation: 1965 - 2004


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Frederick J. McGarry, 1927-2013, was professor of polymer engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and also the Department of Civil Engineering, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Excertped from MIT News Office obituary:

"...Throughout his career, he had many research collaborations inside and outside MIT, including with colleagues at Dow Corning, Dow Chemical, Monsanto, American Cyanamid and BF Goodrich. His research centered on polymer engineering, including fiber-reinforced composites. Of his many pioneering contributions in this field, perhaps the most notable was the development of rubber toughening in thermosetting resins, a vital part of modern composites technology....In addition to his research and education roles, McGarry served as secretary of the faculty, director of the Program in Polymer Science and Technology, chair of the ROTC program, and director of the Summer Session (now the Professional Education Program). Over the course of his career, he participated in multiple international programs, including in the 1960s the MIT Inter-American Program in Civil Engineering, which examined a collaborative initiative to solve engineering problems common to the United States and Latin American countries..."


15 Cubic Feet (15 record cartons)

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Revision Statements

  • 2021 August 9: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

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