In Memoriam

William Geoffrey Town, 31 March 1943 - 24 June 2019

Bill Town passed away suddenly, of a cardiac arrest, on June 24, 2019, at the age of 76. Bill was the son of William Henry Town and Amy Town (née Morton). He grew up in Dagenham, Essex, U.K. He obtained a B.Sc. in chemistry from the University of Birmingham in 1964, and a Ph.D. from the University of Lancaster in 1967. His specialism was crystallography. Later, when he founded his own company, he achieved accreditation from the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.

In IUPAC, William Town shared his expertise of Chemical Nomenclature and Structure Representation rightly with Division VIII, of which he was a Titular Member in 2002-03 and since, a member of the Division Advisory Committee. He chaired a task group on Graphical Representation Standards for Chemical Structure Diagrams which resulted in IUPAC recommendations published in 2006 and 2008.

In the Winter 2019 of the Chemical Information Bulletin, Wendy Warr (former Chair of CPEP, the committee preceding CPCDS) remembers Bill. See

Mary L. Good, 20 June 1931 – 20 November 2019

Mary Good was an American inorganic chemist who received her PhD in 1955, and accepted a position at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Her early work included iodine and sulfur chemistry and managing the radiochemistry laboratory. In addition to her career, she was all her life extensively involved in public service and served on the board of numerous organizations. In 1980, Good was appointed to the National Science Board by President Carter, and was reappointed by President Reagan. Later, she served as the Under Secretary for Technology in the United States Department of Commerce from 1993 to 1997 under President Bill Clinton.

Mary Good was very important to IUPAC, primarily in the 1980s and early 1990s. Starting in 1981, Mary Good presided the Inorganic Chemistry Division for four years, and continued to serve on the Bureau and Executive Committee the following eight years. She was the very first woman to serve at the executive level of the Union. No later than last year, former IUPAC President Nicole Moreau recognized that achievement in a feature titled “Women’s Increasing Responsibilities in IUPAC since 1975” (Chemistry International, July 2019, p. 53; in that feature a group photo of the IUPAC Executive Committee at the headquarters of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in Moscow, 16-17 May 1988, is reproduced). Mary Good was involved with the US National Committee for IUPAC and mostly responsible for setting up the IUPAC General Assembly in Boston in 1987. That year she also served as President of the American Chemical Society. In 1989, Good was instrumental in introducing the “Chemistry in Action” program, encouraging IUPAC members to become active and visible leaders in areas of scientific and social importance, including the atmosphere and the environment, energy processes, advanced materials, and bio-technology (D. A. O’Sullivan, “New IUPAC program broadens organization’s scope”(Chem. Eng. News 1989, 67, 38, 25-27)).

In 2004, Dr. Good received the National Science Foundation’s highest honor, the Vannevar Bush Award “For her achievements as an educator and industrial research manager. An extraordinary statesperson, a distinguished public servant, and a remarkable scientist, she has contributed broadly to the understanding and promotion of the value of science and technology.”

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