Donald B. Black, 95, of Hendersonville, NC, died Tuesday, December 30, 2008, at the Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC.
Born in Newhall, IA, he was the son of the late Bert and Cad Black. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Robert Black of Newhall, IA; and sisters, Naomi Haines of Davis Junction, IL, and Jerry Howard Black of Southfield, MI
Donald moved to Rockford, IL, as a youngster and graduated from Rockford High School in 1929. After he graduated in 1933 from the University of Illinois in Chemistry, he worked for A&P from 1933-1941 as a traveling auditor.
He married Clara Myrtle Ostrander on November 17, 1934. He was employed by Dow Chemical Company in sales and purchasing, eventually becoming Manager of Purchasing Chemicals from 1941-1978. He moved to Washington, DC, during World War II, and then to Midland, MI until retirement.
Donald moved to Clemson, SC, and worked for Clemson University for 18 years (1978-1995) as an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, with the goal of establishing an interface between Clemson University and the chemical industry. He established the Distinguished Chemical Industry Business Seminar Series which brought outstanding leaders in the chemical and allied industries to Clemson. As a result, he was honored in April of 1996 by Clemson University by being presented the Distinguished Service Award.
In addition to his loving wife of 74 years, Clara of Hendersonville, he is survived by his sons, Robert Black and wife, Virginia, of La Jolla, CA; David Black and wife, Jan, of Flat Rock; and Richard Black of McLean, VA; two grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to express their sincere thanks to the staff and volunteers at the Elizabeth House for the dignity, care, and comfort Donald received for the 20 days in their presence, and to the staff and residents of Pine Park for supporting Clara.