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Title: Enno Wolthuis Collection, 1937-1988

ID: COLL/474

Primary Creator: Wolthuis, Enno (1911-2005)

Extent: 0.75 Cubic Feet. More info below.

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Professor of chemistry at Calvin College. The collection includes a list of publications, scientific articles, procedures, plans for an experimental chemistry laboratory, research materials, laboratory instruction manuals, laboratory research notebooks, paper on his early reflections on Southwest Grand Rapids, and a lecture. [See also the Campus Titles Database, and J.T. Hoogstra Coll. 116]

Biographical Note

Enno Wolthuis was born on February 10, 1911 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Wolthuis attended Calvin College as an undergraduate, graduating in 1932. He went on to earn his master's degree from the University of Michigan in 1933 and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1937. Wolthuis began his career as a chemist in the chemical dye industry and then as a consultant for industrial firms.

In 1948 Wolthuis was invited to join the Calvin College faculty as professor of chemistry. He accepted the position, and by 1968 he was appointed head of the chemistry department. With the except of working an academic year in Germany on a National Science Foundation award, Wolthuis remained at Calvin College until his retirement in 1977. During his tenure at Calvin he served on many college committees. He wrote a great number of articles for scholarly journals and magazines. He even found time to publish a book entitled, "Science, God, and You" (1963). During his retirement, Wolthuis still continued to teach on a part-time basis as well as do some consulting work in the industry. He was even able to have an office space in Calvin's science building, allowing him to continue his research.

Wolthuis was a member of the Plymouth Heights Christian Reformed Church where he served as an elder and taught Sunday school. Wolthuis married Jessie Zylstra in 1935. Together they had five children. After 49 years of marriage, Jessie passed away. On February 7, 2005 Wolthuis passed away at the age of 93 in Grand Rapids. He was survived by his wife, Lucile, and his children.

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Series 1: [General Materials]
Box 1
Folder 1: Reflections on early Southwest Grand Rapids --- 1987
Folder 2: Notebook from Heidelberg University --- [1959-1960]
Folder 3: Papers published in the Journal of Chemical Education --- 1950s-1970s
Folder 4: Papers published in the Journal of Organic Chemistry --- 1959-1966
Folder 5: Paper published in the Angewandte chemie --- 1967
Folder 6: Paper published in Analytical chemistry --- 1954
Folder 7: List of publications --- 1937-1976
Folder 8: Paper: "Design and efficient use of chemistry lLab. facilities" --- 1963
Folder 9: Paper published in the Journal of Applied Physics --- 1937
Folder 10: Plans for proposed experimental chemistry lab --- 1963
Folder 11: Paper: "Cleavage of tetrahydrofuran by benzyne" --- 1969
Folder 12: Laboratory instructions in Organo-biochemistry --- 1962
Folder 13: "Some problems in the chemistry of intermediates for pigments and dyes," presented to the Kalamazoo section of the American Chemical Society meeting at Calvin College on --- September 28, 1950
Folder 14: Chemisches Institüt der Universtät Heidelberg, 1959-1960 - laboratory research notebook, correspondence, library card, and paper: "Synthesis of some methyl-substituted anthracenes" --- 1960
Folder 15: Laboratory research notebook, with inserts --- 1964-1976
Box 2
Folder 1: Organic Chemicals for Everyone --- 1971
Folder 2: Laboratory research notebook --- 1978
Folder 3: Laboratory procedures --- 1988
Folder 4: [Flow charts of intermediates and dyestuffs] --- undated
Folder 5: Research materials:  "Pigments, organic" by Felix Frederick Ehrich, 1968 and "Modern Chemistry of Organic Pigments" by H. Gaertner --- 1963

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