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Dr. Arthur A. "Art" Santilli

July 25, 1929 — November 29, 2023

Havertown, PA

Dr. Arthur A. "Art" Santilli

Dr. Arthur A. "Art" Santilli, age 94, of Havertown, PA, passed away on November 29, 2023.

Born in Everett, MA in 1929, he was the son of the late Harry and Minnie (nee DeMasi) Santilli. Arthur received his Bachelor's degree from Boston University in 1951 and his Master's degree in Chemistry from Tufts University in 1952. From 1952-1954, he served honorably as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps during the Korean War. During his service in the Nevada desert, he witnessed the detonation of two atomic bombs, one being a ground shot and the other a tower shot.

Arthur was a Postdoctoral fellow in 1957 at the University of Massachusetts, where he also received his PhD in Chemistry in 1958. He held his last postdoctoral fellowship position in 1960 at Tufts University.

Arthur was very proud of his work in the Chemical industry. In his remarkable career spanning 45 years at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, he served as a Senior Research Fellow Chemist, co-inventing 137 U.S.A. Patents. With his significant contributions to the chemical field, Arthur was a recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and a co-recipient of the Thomas Alva Edison Award. He also earned Emeritus Status for the American Chemical Society.

In his free time, Arthur was an avid churchgoer, and he enjoyed singing in the choir. He was a past President of the Holy Name Society at St. Pius X, Broomall, PA. Arthur loved spending time with his family and playing with his grandchildren.

Arthur was the beloved husband of Kathryn (nee Madenford) Santilli; loving father of David A. Santilli (Pamela); loving grandfather of Andrew Santilli and Cara Santilli and uncle to many nieces and nephews; predeceased by his siblings, Pasquale A. Santilli, Anna Sasser, and Robert Santilli.

Relatives and friends are invited to his Visitation from 9:00-10:00 AM Saturday, December 9, 2023, at St. Pius X Church, 220 Lawrence Road, Broomall, PA 19008, followed by his Funeral Mass at 10:00 AM. Funeral Mass to be livestreamed beginning at 10:00 AM.  Click the following link to view Mass:  https://saintpius.net/livestream/.   Interment will be held privately at a later date at St. John Cemetery, Friedensburg, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Shriners Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 947765, Atlanta, GA 30394, https://www.shrinerschildrens.org/en, would be appreciated.

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