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Oscar Milner, 95, Retired Research Chemist, Educator

June 25, 2009
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Oscar Milner, 95, a retired analytical chemist and educator, died May 27. Formerly of Wynnewood, Pa., and Margate, N.J., he most recently resided in Philadelphia and at Martins Run Senior Residential Community in Media.

A native of Baltimore, Milner moved to Philadelphia at the age of 16. He earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Temple University, in addition to a Senior Doctor of Chemistry degree from the American Chemical Society.

During World War II, Milner worked as a researcher at the Philadelphia Naval Yard, and subsequently had a long career in the Research and Development Division of Socony Mobil in Paulsboro, N.J., before retiring in 1979.

An expert in advanced laboratory techniques and trace mineral analysis, he was the author of two textbooks and numerous research articles published in technical journals. From 1980 to 1990, Milner conducted analytical laboratory-management seminars throughout the United States and Canada, sponsored by McGraw Hill Publishers.

He was a lover of Yiddishkeit and Jewish humor, and was active in synagogue life at Temple Beth Hillel/Beth El in Wynnewood, Temple Beth El-Ner Tamid in Broomall and Martins Run congregation in Media.

He was also an avid supporter of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and many other Jewish causes.

Milner is survived by daughters Susan Appel and Sherry Milner; brother Israel Milner; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Sylvia Green.

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