William C. Goggin
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Abstract of Interview
William Goggin begins the interview with a description of his family and his childhood years in Michigan. After attending grade school and high school in Alma, Michigan, he attended Alma College. He received his B.S. in chemistry, physics and mathematics. Goggin went on to the University of Michigan to further his education in electrical engineering. After two years, he received a BSEE in electrical engineering. Remaining at the University of Michigan, he obtained his MS in electrical engineering in 1936. While a graduate student, Goggin interviewed with Dow Chemical Company, and joined their staff in the Student Engineer Training Program in 1936. There, he learned first-hand the specialties of chemical engineering. After completing his training, Goggin first worked on setting up testing procedures for new polymer electrical insulators. While an employee with Dow, Goggin received a patent for a cording stretching apparatus. Goggin's work in Dow's Plastics Division coincided with the rise of plastics in the world market, especially during World War II. He rose steadily through the company, remaining an employee with Dow for his entire career. He retired as Chairman of the Board of Dow Corning Corporation in 1976. Goggin concludes the interview with a discussion of the development and profitability of products.
|1933||Alma College||BS||Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics|
|1935||University of Michigan||BSEE||Electrical Engineering|
|1936||University of Michigan||MS||Electrical Engineering|
Dow Chemical Company
Dow Corning Corporation
Honorary ScD, Alma College
Plastics Hall of Fame
Table of Contents
Family life in Alma, Michigan. Boy Scouts. Attending grade school and high school in Alma. Early interests in engineering. Entering Alma College.
Attending Alma College and the University of Michigan. Decision to further education in electrical engineering. Membership in Tau Beta Pi. Seeking a career in electrical engineering.
Student training program. First work in the Physics Lab. Patents. Shift to Plastics Division. Movement to management. Military product applications.
German plastics evaluation in Europe. Living with Polio. Development of the multidimensional organization (MDO). Product development. Attending Harvard Advanced Management Program. Dow Chemical Company's movement to Dow Corning Corporation.
Implementation of MDO at Dow Corning Corporation. Product profitability. Involvement with Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), Plastics Materials Manufacturing Association (PMMA), and Manufacturing Chemists' Association (MCA).
About the Interviewer
James J. Bohning was professor emeritus of chemistry at Wilkes University, where he had been a faculty member from 1959 to 1990. He served there as chemistry department chair from 1970 to 1986 and environmental science department chair from 1987 to 1990. Bohning was chair of the American Chemical Society’s Division of the History of Chemistry in 1986; he received the division’s Outstanding Paper Award in 1989 and presented more than forty papers at national meetings of the society. Bohning was on the advisory committee of the society’s National Historic Chemical Landmarks Program from its inception in 1992 through 2001 and is currently a consultant to the committee. He developed the oral history program of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and he was CHF’s director of oral history from 1990 to 1995. From 1995 to 1998, Bohning was a science writer for the News Service group of the American Chemical Society. In May 2005, he received the Joseph Priestley Service Award from the Susquehanna Valley Section of the American Chemical Society. Bohning passed away in September 2011.