W. Nicholas Delgass
October 14, 1942 - August 17, 2021
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William Nicholas (Nick) Delgass, 78, of West Lafayette died peacefully at home, attended by his family, on August 17, after a valiant nine-year battle with cancer. Nick was born and raised on the East Coast, graduating from Staples High School in Westport, CT.  His interest in the world and the way it works led him…

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Nancy Axthelm left a message on September 8, 2021:
I am so very sorry for your loss. But what an amazing man! My prayers will be for all of you and the hope that wonderful memories will help you outlast this impossibility sad time. Much love.
Robert Selverstone left a message on September 6, 2021:
Most sincere condolences to all of the DELGASS family. The pursuit of excellence continues.
Albert Hummel left a message on September 1, 2021:
Nick was a great catalysis scientist and teacher, and I am forever grateful for his mentorship, many years ago. His work will live on forever.
Jorge H Pazmino left a message on August 30, 2021:
My deepest condolences to Nick's family. He was a great mentor to many of us. He was full of wisdom and kindness, an inspiration to me and many of my former Purdue friends. May you rest in peace.
Brett Cowans left a message on August 28, 2021:
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Bill Schneider left a message on August 27, 2021:
Nick was an exceptionally supportive, encouraging, and generous individual. He had a profoundly positive impact on me, for which I'm very gratefully. My sincerest condolences to his family. I am sure his loss leaves a tremendous gap in the hearts of those he loved. It leaves a gap in mine.
Erik Sheets left a message on August 26, 2021:
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Erik Sheets left a message on August 26, 2021:
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Erik Sheets left a message on August 26, 2021:
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Amin left a message on August 26, 2021:
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Sinh Han Trinh left a message on August 25, 2021:
My condolence to Nick's family. I took kinetics and reaction engineering courses with Nick. Nick developed an interesting experimental technique for validating the indirect interaction catalytic reactor model. I am saddened by Nick's death.
Philip Angevine left a message on August 24, 2021:
I was deeply saddened by the loss of Nick. As one of his early grad students, I followed him from Yale to Purdue. The Purdue administration knew that he was a "good catch" and treated him like gold -- and rightly so. He was a fine mentor and scientist. He gave me a solid education in catalysis, and he guided me well over the years. Nick gave tricky test problems to weed out the average from the excellent students. If one earned an "A", it was a testament to a good grasp of the material. To the Delgass family: please accept my sincere condolences. We'll all miss Prof. Delgass He was "one of a kind".
NORA YAP left a message on August 24, 2021:
In memory of Professor Delgass. "We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give" - Winston Churchill
Sara Yohe left a message on August 24, 2021:
Nick was a wonderful teacher and touched so many lives, mine included. I'm proud to have been able to call him both mentor and advisor. He will be greatly missed. -Sara Yohe
Keith Evans left a message on August 23, 2021:
I am so thankful for having the opportunity to learn from Professor Delgass. He truly cared for his students and he was clearly deeply knowledgeable about the topic, which for me was advanced chemical kinetics.
Rob Crane left a message on August 22, 2021:
I am forever grateful for Nick’s teaching, mentoring, and advice. I came to study at Purdue specifically because of him, and I cherish that life-shaping decision. I learned so much from him and especially admired his dedication to his family and his profession. He was full of kindness and enthusiasm, and will be greatly missed.
Nancy Knowles Smigiel left a message on August 22, 2021:
Dear Leif and family, I am so sorry to see that your father has passed. I enjoyed running into you and your parents at LBC once a week for a while. What a lovely, tight-knit family. Sending prayers for healing and comfort to you. Sincerely, Nancy
Huan Yan left a message on August 21, 2021:
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Tej S Choksi left a message on August 21, 2021:
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Tej S Choksi left a message on August 21, 2021:
Prof. Delgass was the main reason I chose to work in catalysis, and more specifically computational catalysis with Jeff Greeley. His energy and enthusiasm for the field was evident in our first meeting during the advisor selection phase. He showed great interest in the science we were generating on the computational side of things, and every interaction left me in awe. Thank you for inspiring several generations of researchers. We will aim to take your baton forward and pursue the truth & beauty in catalysis science in your memory. Sincere condolences to the Delgass family and those in the Purdue Catalysis Center and the wider Purdue community.
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Shadab Mulla left a message on August 21, 2021:
Professor Delgass was a great teacher, researcher, mentor and guide. His legacy will continue through the many students and researchers that he coached and inspired. I have learnt so much from him, and will always remember him and his contagious smile. He will be deeply missed. I pray for strength and comfort to his family and to all of us who he cared for.
Avantika Shastri left a message on August 21, 2021:
Prof. Delgass’s smiling persona is inseparable from my memories of Purdue. He led by example how to be not only good engineers but good human beings. A rock and an inspiration. Thank you Prof. Delgass.
Alex King left a message on August 20, 2021:
Nick was the true embodiment of the phrase “a scholar and a gentleman.” His big smile and perennial enthusiasm were a constant reminder that fun truly is an important aspect of doing science. It was a real privilege for me to have crossed paths with him while I was the Head of Materials Engineering at Purdue, and I am sorry to hear of his passing. It’s a great loss for all of us.
Alex King left a message on August 20, 2021:
Nick was the true embodiment of the phrase “a scholar and a gentleman.” His big smile and perennial enthusiasm were a constant reminder that fun truly is an important aspect of doing science. It was a real privilege for me to have crossed paths with him while I was the Head of Materials Engineering at Purdue, and I am sorry to hear of his passing. It’s a great loss for all of us.
Jamey Young left a message on August 20, 2021:
Nick was one of the professors who influenced me the most during my time at Purdue. He taught my grad kinetics course...then I was his TA for the undergrad mass and energy balances course...and then he was on my PhD committee! He gave me a lot of advice and encouragement over the years, and I always looked forward to seeing him at the AIChE annual meeting. Rest easy Nick...you will be missed by many Boilermakers! -- JY
Tom Myers left a message on August 20, 2021:
Betty & family--so sorry for your loss. My fondest memory of Nick was getting his heartfelt "things are going great, you're doing a good job!" speeches in his office, which made me feel better even when I was a bit clueless as to what to do next!
Katie Field left a message on August 20, 2021:
My condolences to Betty and all the family on Nick's passing.
Guanghui Zhu left a message on August 20, 2021:
One of the best professors I have met. My heart is broken.
Doraiswami and Geetha Ramkrishna left a message on August 20, 2021:
Dear Betty, Michael and Leif, We are devastated by the news of Nick's passing! He was to us not just a friend, which he certainly was, but a person who represented to us and the School a person of extraordinary warmth, optimism and undying cheerfulness. Just seeing his smiling face in the corridor filled one with joy. In the days ahead, we will bask in his energy and manage a smile in memories of him even in the darkest hours! Our love to you and your families! Ramki, Geetha
Yury Zvinevich left a message on August 20, 2021:
Please accept our warmest condolences, we are deeply sorry for your loss. His smile will live with us
Dharmesh Kumar left a message on August 20, 2021:
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Jiajie Huo left a message on August 20, 2021:
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Patti Eckman Plack left a message on August 20, 2021:
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Fernando Resende left a message on August 20, 2021:
Nick was a great mentor and a very kind man. He will certainly be missed by many.
Alex Yezerets left a message on August 20, 2021:
True mentor, passionate scientist, and a wonderful human being... Nick, you will be missed by so many...
Hari Nair left a message on August 20, 2021:
To a great researcher, teacher and human being. Thank you for setting an example for all of us- you will be sorely missed
Rob Rioux left a message on August 20, 2021:
We will miss you, Nick. A gentle giant in the field of catalysis.
Jochen Lauterbach left a message on August 20, 2021:
Nick was my mentor when I was a junior faculty at Purdue. Without him, I would not be where I am today. We co-advised several students and I learned so much from him. Nick, I will miss you.
Roberta Osterloh left a message on August 19, 2021:
Dear Betty, I was so saddened to hear of your husband's passing. Until I read his obituary, I didn't realize what a profound influence Nick had at Purdue. I know you and your family were proud of him. Please call on those of us who've lost our husbands - we share a sad bond, but we can hold one another up when life is particularly challenging.. Love from a P.E.O. sister, Roberta Osterloh
Zhenwei Wu left a message on August 19, 2021:
During my short interaction with Prof. Delgass, I was deeply inspired by his wisdom, kindness and enthusiasm. I miss that experience, and I wish him Rest In Peace.
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Ishant Khurana left a message on August 19, 2021:
Prof. Delgass touched and inspired many lives. He will be dearly missed. May he Rest In Peace. May we continue his legacy.
Viktor Cybulskis left a message on August 19, 2021:
Professor Delgass was a great mentor, teacher, and inspiration to me. I would not be where I am today without him. He touched the lives of many and has left all of us, especially his former students, with very fond memories. He will be deeply missed. My deepest sympathies to Betty and the rest of his family.
Sarah Wassgren left a message on August 19, 2021:
We are so sorry for your loss. Nick was beloved by all who knew him.
Soller-Baker Funeral Homes, Inc. left a message:
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