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Chester Holmes

F. Chester Holmes

BS Arkansas A&T;  MS LSU ‘41
Ethyl Corporation
(deceased 1998)
F. Chester Holmes received a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Arkansas A&M College (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello).  At A&M, Chester met his wife, Clara Campbell, who earned a BA in History.  Chester and Clara Holmes were first generation college students.  They moved to Baton Rouge, where they studied at LSU toward masters degrees in their respective fields.  Chester’s advisor was Dr Edward Amis, who left LSU a few years later to spend the majority of his academic career at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.  Chester’s thesis was titled, “Dielectric and Solvent Effects Upon the Rate of Sucrose Inversion by Hydrochloric Acid.”  Upon graduation from LSU in 1941, Chester was hired by Ethyl Corporation (now Albemarle) in Baton Rouge and spent his entire career there.  He retired as "Chief Chemist" in the 1970s.  He passed away in 1998 at age 92.  Clara died in 2013, at age 101.
Paul Buras

Paul  Buras

BS (LSU '75), MS (LSU '79)
Formally Retired, New Orleans, LA,
Consultant for Heidelberg Cement
 Paul Buras was a National Merit Scholar at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge.  Between his junior and senior year in high school, he attended an NSF Summer Science Training Program led by Dr Clyde Day at LSU.  Paul says, “this experience really turned me on to science and I decided to major in chemistry.”  He was awarded a “Top 100” Scholarship to LSU, turning down full ride offers to Rice and MIT.

He completed his BS in 1975 and stayed on at LSU for an MS with Dr C. P. Keszthelyi, having been promised this could be achieved in 18 months, and with the intent of going to medical school.