Maxwell served 37 years in engineering

Princeton NJ -- Bryce Maxwell, a Princeton graduate who returned to the University to serve many years as a faculty member in engineering, died Oct. 24 in Hightstown. He was 82.

Maxwell earned his bachelor's degree in engineering from the University in 1943. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he came back to campus to earn a master's degree in engineering in 1948. He joined the mechanical engineering faculty as a research associate that same year.

In 1965, Maxwell switched his interests to chemical engineering and was named a full professor the following year. He chaired the department's polymer materials program from 1968 until he was granted emeritus status in 1985. He served as assistant dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science from 1962 to 1966.

Maxwell consulted with several chemical companies and held more than 30 patents. He was a member of the board of directors of U.S. Rubber Reclaiming. The author of more than 100 articles for professional journals, he served on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Polymer Science and of Polymer Science and Engineering.

Maxwell was a member of the National Society of Plastics Engineers and received its Gold Medal and International Award in Plastics Science and Engineering in 1976. He was named a fellow in the society in 1992. He also served as a trustee of the Plastics Institute of America.

After he retired, Maxwell enjoyed painting and playing croquet. He also consulted and occasionally presented papers.

Survivors include his sons Bryce Jr. of Langhorne, Pa., and Stephen of South Brunswick; and his daughter Margaret of Leesburg, Va. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Woods Services Foundation, P.O. Box 36, Langhorne, PA 19047.


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