E. Richard Nightingale, Jr. “Dick” passed away November 30, 2013 at Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ, at the age of 87. Richard was born October 14, 1926, in Champaign, IL. While growing up in Champaign, he was active in scouting and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with silver palm. During college, he served in the U.S. Navy teaching radar at Great Lakes Naval Station in IL. Richard graduate from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in chemistry in 1948 and an M.S. in chemistry in 1949. He completed his Ph.D. in analytical-physical chemistry at the University of Minnesota. After teaching chemistry at the University of Nebraska for seven years, he moved to New Jersey to take a research and engineering position with Exxon. He later transitioned to management and completed the New York University Executive Management Program, June, 1969. In 1974, Richard started his own chemical technology consulting firm, Nightingale Associated in Summit. Dr. Nightingale was the author of some 35 technical and professional publications and the holder of 12 U.S. patents. A devoted and loving husband, Richard shared 62 years of marriage with his wife Mary (nee Shultz). They raised 2 children, Rick Nightingale and Susan (Nightingale) Seiler. Richard is also survived by his brother David and four grandsons, Joe and Peter Schumacher, Keenan and Connor Nightingale. Richard was a 50 year member of Central Presbyterian Church in Summit, having served as an elder and on a number of committees. He is a former trustee of Overlook Hospital and a past chairman of the Overlook Hospital Foundation. Dick enjoyed trap and skeet shooting and was a member of the Log Cabin Gun Club, and in the past Loantaka Skeet Club. At Log Cabin, he recorded seven straight wins as senior champion. An avid flyfisherman, Dick was able to fish some of the best rivers for North Atlantic Salmon. He was a member of the exclusive “sixteen-twenty” club. Based on his years of knowledge and experience, Dick authored the highly commended Atlantic Salmon Chronicles, published in 2000. He participated in the Tobique Salmon Club and Atlantic Salmon Federation, and locally in Anglers Anonymous. Richard will be missed for loyalty, integrity, and dry wit.
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