Arthur Patchett Death, Obituary – 93 years old, world-famous research chemist and previous executive of Merck, On December 2nd, Arthur Allan Patchett, Ph.D., a famous research chemist who had previously served as Vice President of Medicinal Chemistry at Merck & Co., passed away in New Providence, New Jersey, accompanied by his family. He was 93 years old. Throughout his career, he was responsible for doing research that eventually resulted in the creation of a number of ground-breaking drugs for the treatment of cardiovascular disorders. Arthur was the son of Arthur and Ann Patchett and was born on May 28th, 1929 in Middletown, New York. At Princeton University, he focused his studies on chemistry and received a degree with highest honours and distinction in 1951.
He continued his education in chemistry as a Fulbright Scholar at Cambridge University, received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University in 1955, and then finished a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health that lasted for two years after that. In 1957, Arthur started working as a research chemist for Merck. Mevacor, Vasotec, and Prinivil were all discovered as a result of his supervision of the medicinal chemistry team at Merck during the 1970s and 1980s. His groundbreaking research that led to the discovery of statins has made it possible to save the lives of millions of people all over the world.
After 44 years of service to the company, he took early retirement as Vice President of Medicinal Chemistry at Merck in the year 2000. Lois McNeil would become Arthur’s lifelong companion and love when he was working at Merck. In 1962, he tied the knot with Lois, and the couple went on to raise their two boys, Tom and Steve, in both Cranford and Westfield. He never missed an opportunity to show his support for his sons by getting involved in whatever they were doing. Additionally, Arthur had a soft spot in his heart for animals and thought of his dachshund, Buddy, and Welsh corgi, Teddy, as members of the household.
In his spare time, Arthur fought a losing battle against the squirrels in the backyard, fought a war against the squirrels in the backyard, and cultivated a beautiful rose garden that even strangers would admire. All of these activities took place in his unapologetic and non-organic vegetable garden. He attended both The New York City Opera and The Metropolitan Opera on a regular basis for a number of years due to his passion for music at both of these venues. His grandchildren were one of the things that brought him the most happiness. He was always an engaged audience in all of their pursuits, whether it was talking about video games, looking at crafts, asking about their dog, or dressing up in crazy costumes.
Art belonged to the Trinity Episcopal Church in Cranford, where he was active on the church’s vestry during his time there. Lois, Arthur’s devoted wife of 46 years, passed away before to his passing. His two sons, Thomas Patchett (Grace), and Steven Patchett (Kimberly), as well as his brother Joseph Patchett, as well as his four grandkids, Jennifer, Bradley, Ian, and Clare, survive him. He was predeceased by his wife, Grace. On Wednesday, December 7, visitation will be conducted from 4 to 8 o’clock in the evening at the Gray Memorial Funeral Home, which is located at 12 Springfield Avenue in Cranford, New Jersey.
On Thursday, December 8, at 11 a.m., funeral services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church located at 119 Forest Avenue in Cranford, New Jersey. This will be followed by a repast luncheon at The Westwood located at 438 North Avenue in Garwood, New Jersey. The interment will be kept confidential. You are welcome to visit grayfuneralhomes.com in order to obtain further information or to send your condolences online. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Trinity Episcopal Church, which is located in Cranford, New Jersey. Gray Memorial Funeral Home is located at 12 Springfield Avenue in Cranford, New Jersey, and can be reached at (908) 276-0092.