Dr. Richard Stockel, first PhD in our program, passes away

June 10, 2021

Dr. Richard F. Stockel, age 85, died Saturday, May 15, 2021 at his home in Bridgewater, NJ.

Dr. Richard Stockel, recipient of the department’s first PhD and one of the first two PhD’s granted at Clemson, was also a member of the Thomas Green Clemson Academy of Scientists and Engineers. After receiving his PhD in 1962 working under the direction of Professor Emeritus John Huffman, Dr. Stockel began a very successful 46-year industrial career which continues to this day as Vice President of Technology at Novaflux Technologies. He was a 50-year-plus member of the American Chemical Society where he was very active in the Division of Business Development and Management, and he is a member of The Society of Plastics Engineers, Licensing Executive Society, and Commercial Development Association. Dr. Stockel was a recipient of the American Chemical Society Distinguished Service Award and the Small Business Administration Innovator Award.

Richard was a devoted and cherished husband, father and grandfather.  He is survived by his three children, Richard F. Stockel Jr. from Mechanicsville, VA., his loving wife Linda and their beloved son Richard F. Stockel III; His daughter, Kristina Crawford from High Bridge NJ and her beloved children, Drew Jr. and Katharina; and his daughter, Colleen E. Stockel and her loving husband Glenn Kirsinger and their beloved children, Abigail, Sophia and Phoebe Anne.