To: The St. Lawrence Community
From: President William L. Fox
Date: December 14, 2015
Subject: In Memory: Emeritus Professor of Chemistry William H. Cropper
We have learned of the death on November 27 at his home in Saugerties, NY, of Professor Emeritus of Chemistry William H. Cropper.
Bill served in the U.S. Navy and attended Iowa State College, where he received a BS in Chemistry. Bill earned his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. After graduation, he taught at Brooklyn College, learned to rock climb in the Shawongunk Mountains through the Appalachian Mountain Club, and married a fellow climber, Evelyn Goodwin. Bill and Evelyn spent summers from the mid-to-late 1950s in Grand Teton National Park, becoming part of a group of avid mountaineers during a period of rapid advancement in rock climbing. In the Tetons Bill completed a number of first ascents. Bill worked as a climbing ranger with the National Parks Service and as a physical chemist at the Sandia National Laboratory.
Bill and Evelyn moved east and Bill taught first at Columbia University and subsequently at St. Lawrence University, until his retirement in 1992. Bill was an accomplished scientist and authored journal articles and three books. He was a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club and an Adirondack 46er. An avid reader, his latest project was the biographies of all the American Presidents, in numerical order.
We send heartfelt condolences to his two daughters and their families. Funeral services were held privately; we invite colleagues and former students to offer tribute to Bill’s contributions at St. Lawrence with submissions to our Memorial Web site.