Title: Chemist, Educator, and Research Scientist (Retired)
Location: Le Mars, Iowa, United States
Dr. Theodore L. Rebstock, a Retired Chemist, Educator, and Research Scientist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of scientific research.
Growing up during the Great Depression, Dr. Rebstock quickly learned the value of hard work and education. His parents encouraged him to graduate from college, and he went above and beyond. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts from North Central College in 1949, he furthered his schooling with a Master of Arts from Michigan State University in 1951 and a PhD from Michigan State University in 1956. Dr. Rebstock focused his studies on his interest in science, ultimately landing in biochemistry and analytical chemistry. He was thrilled when everything fell into place; he knew he was where he was meant to be.
Dr. Rebstock’s first job in the field was instructor of research at Michigan State University. He advanced to assistant professor of agricultural chemistry at the school five years later, and transferred to Westmar College three years after that. Dr. Rebstock served the latter in roles like associate professor of chemistry, chairman of the chemistry department, director of the Division of Natural Science, and professor of chemistry until 1983. His last position before retiring in 1990 was manager of the R&D Laboratory at Harkers, Inc.
Outside of academia, Dr. Rebstock connected with his peers through organizations like the American Chemical Society and Sigma Xi. He was also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Chemists, and a contributor of articles to professional journals. Looking back, he hopes to be remembered as a team player.
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