Company: G. Frederick Smith Chemicals
Location: Surfside Beach, South Carolina, United States
Loren C. McBride, Chemist at G. Frederick Smith Chemicals, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in chemistry.
Mr. McBride was initially influenced by his older brother to pursue chemistry. His brother was 12 years older than he was and studied chemistry at Iowa State University of Science and Technology. Mr. McBride had a chemistry set of his own, but when his brother came home with chemistry work from his classes, he would observe with pure fascination in the subject. He eventually followed his footsteps when it came time for him to attend college. Mr. McBride earned a Bachelor of Science from Iowa State University of Science and Technology in 1963.
Mr. McBride was fortunate enough early on in his career to be a part of The Midwestern Universities Analytical Chemists Conference as it was a highly regarded group of chemists. Being able to have the opportunity to watch and work with them closely to better prepare him to be great in his field was a huge advantage. Mr. McBride landed a position as a chemist at G. Frederick Smith Chemicals in 1963 and remained there until he retired in 1997. In 1968, he was moved up to chief chemist. Mr. McBride also was an editor for the second and third editions of “The Iron Reagents,” in 1965 and 1980 respectively and for the second edition of “The Copper Reagents,” in 1972. Furthermore, Mr. McBride served on the American Chemical Society Committee On Reagent Chemicals for 34 years and was an author of the book “Reagent Chemicals” editions seven through 11 (1987 to 2017). As a testament to his success, Mr. McBride was honored as a 50-year member of the American Chemical Society in 2012. He was also listed in the 24th edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest. In addition to his professional endeavors, Mr. McBride married Shirlee in 1961 and had two children: Michael who lives in Columbus, Ohio, and Nancy Jean Wallace, who lives in Far Hills, New Jersey. After Shirlee died in 2007, Mr. McBride married Cassandra in 2009
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