Materials Performance

MAY 2015

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Your Association in Action 79 NACE INTERNATIONAL: VOL. 54, NO. 5 MATERIALS PERFORMANCE MAY 2015 South Africa he and his daughter, Cathey, took after they completed the CIP Peer Reviews in Johannesburg. Perkins was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and uncle, a loyal friend, and a trusted mentor. He was a wonderful example of believing in what you do, finding a way to make a differ- ence, and always striving to be better. Perkins is survived by his wife, Joan; children, Cathey (Jill) Perkins, Russ Perkins, and Donna (Jim) Colbert; grand children, Stephanie (Ben) Gunn Craighead and Ashlee Perkins; great grandchildren, Jackson Craighead and Kinslee Perkins; sisters, Jacqueline (Rich- ard) Cassidy and Carolyn (Jack) Williams; and many loving friends, nieces, nephews, and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cyrus and Margery Perkins; his stepmother, Louise Perkins; and his grandson, Cyrus Perkins, IV. In lieu of flowers, the family requests me- morial donations to be made to MD An- derson at or to the NACE Foundation at NACE-foundation. org, whose mission is to inspire students and educators to engage in the field of corrosion science and engineering. Susan Smialowska, FNACE Ukraine). In her youth, she belonged to Harcerz (Polish scouts) and she was quite athletic, specializing in the hurdles. She finished her high school educa- tion under German occupation. After World War II ended, the family (with her parents and younger sister Romualda) moved to Poland, where she graduated with an M.S. degree (1948), and a Ph.D. (1952) in chemical engineering from the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice (Silesia). There she met her future husband, Professor Michal Smialowski. In 1952, Smialowska and her husband moved to Warsaw where they worked at the Warsaw University of Technology and later at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences until 1982. Smialowska was the head of the Electrochemistry and Corrosion Laboratory at the Institute. In 1971, she published her famous book, Inhibitory korozji metali (Metal Corrosion Inhibitors). During her years at the Polish Academy of Sciences, she was very active in publishing technical research and participating in international confer- ences in corrosion and hydrogen effects in metals. In some old photographs from conference proceedings in the 1960s and 1970s, Smialowska often appears as a solitary female figure in a sea of men. In 1973 and then in 1978 to 1979, Smialowska was a visiting scientist at The Ohio State University (OSU). In March 1982, Smialowska moved to Columbus, Ohio to work at the Fontana Corrosion Center in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of OSU. At OSU, she taught corrosion and was passionate about research. She published nearly 300 technical papers that are cited continuously today. The major areas of her technical research included kinetics and mechanisms of electrode processes, passivity of various metals and alloys, pitting corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, corrosion inhibitors, hydrogen embrittlement, aqueous corrosion at high temperatures (for nuclear power plants), and ellip- sometry and its application in corrosion studies. For several years and until her retirement she served as Director of the Fontana Corrosion Center. While at OSU, she wrote her bestseller book, Pitting Corrosion of Metals first published in 1986, and then in a revised and expanded version as Pitting and Crevice Corrosion published in 2005. Smialowska received the NACE International Fellow Award and, in 1998, the Cavallaro Medal from the European Federation of Corrosion. She also served in the editorial board of the journal Corrosion Science. Smialowska retired from teaching at OSU in 1995 but remained as an emerita professor, completing the second edition of her book on localized corrosion. She traveled back and forth to Poland for several years and finally decided to move back permanently to her country home in Zalesie in 2009. Smialowska had a technical tenacity that served her well in her interactions with others. She had strong beliefs and argued them with passion. In the profes- sional side, she never saw herself as a woman scientist, but just as a scientist, never claiming privileges for being a minority. On the personal side, she was warm and charming, and never boring, but also could be biting in her observations. She loved reading and art, animals, and gardens. Whenever there was a conference somewhere in the world, she always took a few hours off to visit interesting places, museums, zoos, landscapes, etc. with colleagues and students. She was thrifty with herself but generous with others. In winter, she kept her house on the colder side and carried food when she traveled to avoid expensive meals at restaurants. Most of all, she enjoyed talking about her niece Agata and her grandniece Maya and grandnephew Kayo. Besides Agata, Maya and Kayo, she is survived by her sister Romualda. (—Ellina Lunarska, Gerald S. Frankel, and Raul B. Rebak) Professor Susan Smialowska, FNACE, died at her home in Zalesie, Poland on March 5, 2015. She was 89 years old. On March 11, 2015, she was laid to rest in Warsaw next to her husband Michal Smialowski. Smialowska was born on August 23, 1925 in Lwów (then Poland, now Lviv

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