Dr. William G. Huey
Research Chemist
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Dr. William G. Huey, Research Chemist-1940
Photo Courtesy of Paul Huey
William G. Huey was born in 1914 in Westhope, North Dakota.  He graduated from Jamestown College in 1935.  
He was awarded an M.S. and a Ph. D. in chemistry by the University of Iowa.  Dr. Huey taught chemistry at Texas
A & M University and did R & D work at Eastman Kodak before joining General Aniline and Film Corporation
(GAF) in 1941 as a research chemist at the Rensselaer, New York plant.  His son Paul Huey recalls a fascinating
visit to his father's laboratory and plant when GAF held an open house celebrating the end of World War II.  At
the ceremony, three employees of the Rensselaer works who died in service to their country were honored
posthumously.  During the war,  GAF's Rensselaer and Linden plants received the distinguished Army-Navy "E"
award for excellence in meeting military requirements for dyestuffs, synthetic detergents, waterproofing
compounds and chemical intermediates.














Dr. Huey held the following patents for product and process inventions while working for GAF:

                                                                                      















Fluent in German, Dr. Huey was adept at summarizing patent literature for the Chemical Abstracts indexing
service.  In 1964 he left GAF and joined the Pfister Chemical Company, a producer of chemical intermediates
and specialties in Ridgefield, New Jersey.  He completed his dyestuff career at the Sodyeco Division of Martin
Marietta Chemicals Inc. in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He died in 1993 in Davidson, North Carolina.  

Note:  ColorantsHistory.Org thanks Paul Huey for contributing this biography.
U.S. Patent No.
Year
Description
2,454,453
1948
Pigment Green and Process for Producing Same
2,608,582
1952
Production of p-Acetylaminobenzaldehyde
2,781,563
1957
Method for Preparation of 7-Dialkyl-Amino-4-Methyl Coumarin Salts
and Compositions Containing Same
3,007,966
1961
Method of Reducing Nitro Substituted Arylides of beta-Hydroxy
Carboxylic Acids
3,122,529
1964
Preparation of Stilbene Azo Dyes
3,246,945
1966
Method for Dyeing Polyesters
3,364,195
1968
Hydroxyindane Azo Benzanilide Dyes
3,410,841
1968
Tetra-Hydro-2-Naphtholazobenzanilide Dyestuffs
3,437,418
1969
Process for Dyeing Fibers of Polyethylene Terephthalate and Blends
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History of Rensselaer Dyestuff Industry
History of GAF Central Research Laboratory
Reminisces of General Aniline and Film Corporation by Dr. Harlan B. Freyermuth
I.G. Farben in America:  The Technologies of General Aniline and Film
History of General Aniline Linden Plant
Aerial View Rensselaer Plant 1946                 Bldg. 75 Research                                  Bldg. 75 Lab
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