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Dr. Waldo B. Ligett '39

Waldo Buford Ligett Jr. – November 2, 1916 to December 16, 2013, Chapel Hill, NC. Waldo (Gus) Ligett, 97, passed away peacefully at Carolina Meadows, Chapel Hill, holding the hand of his wife, Ann, on December 16, 2013. Gus was born and raised in Middletown OH. He attended Antioch College, where he met his wife to be, Ann. After earning a bachelors degree from Antioch, Gus enrolled in the Purdue University PhD program as a Chemistry major. Gus and Ann were married in 1940 while he attended Purdue. Upon graduation, his PhD research led to a role in the Manhattan Project. Subsequently his career included employment at the Ethyl Corporation, Celanese Chemical Company and concluded as the President of the Franklin Institute Research Laboratories in Philadelphia. He enjoyed travel and traveled extensively during his career. One application for security clearance lists 19 countries visited in the prior 5 years. Upon retirement in 1981, Gus and Ann alternated between homes in Vermont and Florida until 1995 when they moved to Carolina Meadows. They continued to travel frequently during retirement. In addition, Gus was an avid swimmer, golfer and fitness buff. His scientific mind enjoyed the challenge of evaluating securities, so he successfully managed his own financial affairs even in his 97th year. In addition to Ann, Gus is survived by his sister, Barbara Ligett, of Monroe OH; his five sons, Robert and his wife, Shari Ligett of Chapel Hill, NC, John and his wife, Carol of Charlevoix, MI; Mike and his wife, Cathy Ward of Raleigh, NC; Steve and Doris LaMontagne of North Thetford VT, Dan and his wife, Susan Stefanec of Amherst, NH; and nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; as well as the children; and families of his late brother, Robert E. Ligett. The family appreciates the skilled and compassionate care provided at Carolina Meadows. Memorial Service plans are not yet complete. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution to the charity of your choice would be appreciated.