J. Kirk Romary

J. Kirk Romary

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J. Kirk  Romary

J. Kirk Romary, bs '56, was born July 26, 1934. He majored in chemistry and graduated with departmental honors. He earned his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Kansas State University in 1961 with Sigma Xi research honors. He was a university faculty member for over 33 years, including four years at Washburn and 26 years as department chair at the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater. From 1967 to '68, he was assistant program director for two national programs of the National Science Foundation: the Undergraduate Research Participation Program and the Undergraduate Science Curriculum Improvement Program. In addition to teaching, Romary conducted research on the thermodynamics of complex formations reactions and authored numerous publications in international scientific journals reporting his work. His publications also reported the synthesis of six new heterocyclic nitrogen compounds and the introduction of new computer program systems for the rigorous analysis of complex formation reactions. Romary was a manuscript reviewer for several chemistry research journals and undergraduate textbook publishers. He enjoys and supports the Topeka Symphony, the Sunflower Music Festival, and the Washburn University Foundation. Romary has three sons.