Dr. Frederick Mathew Hornack Sr., passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 in Wilmington.
He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 10, 1929 to Helen D. and Frederick M. Hornyak.
He graduated from North East High School in Philadelphia and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and received a PhD in physical-organic chemistry from Florida State University in Tallahassee in 1955.
He went to University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas on a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Edward Amis in physical chemistry, after which he entered the U.S. Public Health Service as Senior Assistant Scientist for air pollution in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr. Hornack then taught chemistry at the University of Tampa from 1958-60, Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia from 1960-64, and finally at UNC-Wilmington from 1964-1996.
Upon retirement, the Department of Chemistry at UNCW recommended that he be granted Emeritus Professor status for his many contributions to the department and university for 32 years. It stated “Dr. Hornack’s lucid style of writing is in large measure responsible for the significant implications his publications have had in the field of chemical education. In 1984, his ‘Further Reflections on Heat’ in the Journal of Chemical Education which became widely acknowledged as one of the most clearly written treatises on the concepts of Thermodynamics. His 1992 paper entitled ‘Reaction Thermodynamics: A Flawed Derivation’ makes a complex topic quite understandable and has been republished and used by professors at universities across the U.S.”
He is survived by his wife, Mary Katherine Thomas Hornack; three children, Fred Jr. (Gail) of Stanley; Susan H. Thomas (David) of Zephyrhills, Florida; and Thomas R. (Ann) of Raleigh; as well as seven grandchildren.
Visitation will be held 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4 at First Baptist Activity Center on Independence Boulevard in Wilmington. A funeral service will be held at 11 at the center. Burial will follow at Oleander Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to First Baptist Church of Wilmington.
Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.
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