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A death

From: Nancy Odegaard <odegaard<-a>
Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Dr. Werner S. Zimmt, Conservation Scientist, passed away peacefully
on September 12, 2014.  He would have turned 93 on September 21.
Werner was a member of the Arizona State Museum Conservation
Laboratory for 29 years.  Since 1985, over eighty conservation
professionals and interns had the privilege to learn from him. While
he always made people laugh and think, he also made us hope that we
could be as warm, friendly, and intelligent when we reached our 90s.

Werner was born in Berlin, Germany in 1921 and he and his twin
Gerald were two of "1000 Children" brought to the United States
(Chicago) with the limited American Kindertransport as Nazism rose
in Germany.  After service with the US Army in World War II he
earned his undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in chemistry
from the University of Chicago.  In 1951 he began his career as a
polymer chemist working for the DuPont Co in Philadelphia where he
developed the paint used on most GM cars produced before 1971.  He
was an invited speaker at the 1979 AIC annual meeting in
Philadelphia.  In 1981 he was awarded a master's of science degree
in archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania. After retiring
from the DuPont Co in 1984 he moved to Tucson and became involved
with numerous organizations and activities.

While working in the ASM Conservation Laboratory since 1985, he
contributed to nearly every research based treatment undertaken. He
was a critical member to at least seven federally funded projects,
participated in guiding graduate degree research, and co-authored
numerous professional papers, posters and presentations.  His
scholarly career included numerous publications and patents in
chemistry and recently he was a translator for the 2014 book A
Jesuit Missionary in Eighteenth Century Sonora, The Letters of
Father Philipp Segesser.   In the conservation field, his noteworthy
publications/ presentations include:


    2005.  Odegaard, N., S. Carroll and W.S. Zimmt.
    Material Characterization Tests for Objects of Art and
    Archaeology. Second Edition.  London: Archetype Press.  Pp. 230.
    First Edition (2000).


    2010.  Zimmt, W.S., Odegaard, N. Smith, D.R.
    "Novel approaches to pesticide removal from Museum objects".
    In Pesticide Mitigation in Museum Collections: Science in
    Conservation.  Edited by A.E. Charola and R.J.Koestler.
    Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.

    2010.  Zimmt, W., Odegaard, N., Moreno, T.K., Turner, R.A.,
    Riley, M.R., Xie, B., Muscat, A.J.
    "Pesticide extraction studies using supercritical carbon dioxide
    In Pesticide Mitigation in Museum Collections: Science in
    Conservation.  Edited by A.E. Charola. R.J. Koestler, Washington
    DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.

    2009.  Odegaard, N., W. Zimmt.
    "Pesticide Removal Studies for Cultural Objects".
    In Preserving Aboriginal Heritage: Technical and Traditional
    Approaches, Edited by C. Dignard et al., p 217-225.  Ottawa:
    Canadian Conservation Institute.

    2005.  Odegaard, N., W. Zimmt, D. Smith.
    "Assessing Contamination:  Analytical Testing of Cultural
    Materials for Pesticides.  Chapter 4".
    In Old Poisons New Problems: Information and Resource Guide for
    Contaminated Cultural Materials in Museum Collections.  Walnut
    Creek: AltaMira Press.

Journals, Newsletters, Abstracts

    2014.  Anderson,J., M. Dawley, D.J. Farley, W. Zimmt,
    "Coping with Arsenic-Based Pesticides on Textile Collections".
    In Objects Specialty Group Postprints. Proceedings of the OSG
    Session at the 42nd Annual Meeting, American Institute for
    Conservation, May 28-31, 2014, San Francisco, CA.

    2011.  Odegaard, N, P. Hill, B. Santarelli, W. Zimmt,
    "Detecting and identifying salts during the desalination process
    with spot test papers". WAAC Newsletter, 33(1):14-17.

    2006.  Odegaard, N., W. Zimmt.
    "Testing for Plant Saccharides".
    In Abstracts of the 19th Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting of the
    American Chemical Society.  No. 372.

    2006.  Moreno, T., W. Zimmt, N. Odegaard, R. Turner, B. Xie, A.
    Muscat, M. Riley.
    "Supercritical Carbon Dioxide extraction of Pesticides from
    Simulated Museum Artifacts".
    In Abstracts of the 19th Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting of the
    American Chemical Society, No. 372.

    2005.  Odegaard, N., L. Boyer, M. Huber, L. Kaplan, C. Kunioka,
    T. Moreno, C. Podsiki, A. Sadongei, D. Smith, W. Zimmt.
    "New Ideas for the Testing, Documentation and Storage of Objects
    Previously Treated with Pesticides".
    In Objects Specialty Group Postprints. V.10. Proceedings of the
    OSG Session at the 31st Annual Meeting, American Institute for
    Conservation, June 5-10, 2003, Arlington VA., p.33-42.

    1997.  Odegaard, N., M. Crawford, W. Zimmt.
    "The Use of Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) film for Storage
    Supports". Journal of American Institute for Conservation 36
    (3): 249-251.

    1996.  Odegaard, N., S. Carroll and W. Zimmt.
    "Spot Tests for Materials Characterization". Postprints of the
    Textile Specialty Group of the American Institute for
    Conservation. Vol 6:55-60.

    1993.  Zimmt, W. and Odegaard.
    "Conductivity Measurements: A Discussion and Comparison of Two
    Instruments Used to Follow the Removal of Soluble Salts from
    Ceramics". WAAC Newsletter.  15(3):25-28.

    1981.  Zimmt, W.
    "Harrison Brothers: Development of an American Chemical
    Company". In abstracts of 10th Society for Industrial
    Archaeology meeting.

Nancy Odegaard, PhD, FAIC, FIIC
Head of Preservation Division
Arizona State Museum
The University of Arizona
1013 E, University Blvd
Tucson AZ 85721-0026

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Received on Tuesday, 11 November, 2014

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