NORMAN — James W. Gentry, Ph.D., 72, of Norman, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman. Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Thursday at Hobart Rose Cemetery in Hobart.
Dr. Gentry was born on Nov. 27, 1939, in Hobart to J. Bryan and Juanita (Davis) Gentry. Jim attended Hobart Public Schools and graduated in 1957 from Hobart High School. He graduated with honors from Oklahoma State University in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.
At Oklahoma State University, he was a member of the four-person General Electric College Bowl team that appeared on live national television. He was selected for one of the first Fulbright Scholarships won by a student at Oklahoma State University, and he attended and graduated from the University of Birmingham, England, where he received his Master of Science in chemical engineering. He subsequently attended the University of California at Berkley and the University of Texas at Austin, and, in 1969, was awarded a doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Texas.
He was hired that year as a professor at the University of Maryland and served on their chemical engineering faculty from 1969 to 2002 when he retired and moved back to Norman.
He was a professor and researcher for the University of Maryland and received a number of teaching and research awards.
He has received many honors as an international expert in the study of aerosols. He was selected as a fellow by the Washington Academy of Science and was awarded the Sigma XI Research Award at the University of Maryland in 1994. He also was selected as a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 1993.
In 2000, he was chosen as the recipient of the prestiageous David Sinclair Award for his sustained and outstanding work in aerosol research and technology.