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Vincent Grassi II
  • Passed away on May 03, 2020

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Vincent Gerard Grassi II passed away on May 3, 2020 from esophageal cancer in The Villages, FL.  He was at 64.  Vince was born in Geneva, NY in 1956 and lived in Scottsville, NY from 1958-1978.  He graduated from McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, NY in 1974 and from the University of Rochester in 1978 with a BS in Chemical Engineering.  Vince worked at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in Allentown, PA in various engineering and management roles from 1978 to 2013.  During that time he completed his MS (1985) and PhD (1991) in Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University.  He retired from Air Products in 2013 and then accepted an appointment as a  Professor of Practice in Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University, where he taught until passing away.  Some of Vince’s hobbies included winter sports, hiking, cycling, photography, Bridge, sailing and genealogy. Vince is survived by his wife Kimberly, daughter Christine, and sister Susan.

 


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  1. Karl Schnelle says:
    28 May 2020
    Prof. Mayuresh Kothare just passing on this very sad news. Vince was a great friend and mentor to me, especially as I took over as Chair of CAST Division. He was the Chair when I became a Director and we had talked face-to-face at every annual AIChE meeting since then. He always had great ideas to pass on to me and was always so up-beat. From a ‘real job’ perspective, we both were very avid champions of Knowledge Management and Continuous Improvement in our respective companies.

    He will be greatly missed.

  2. Jill Hoskins lit a candle:
    28 May 2020
    Lit since May 28, 2020 at 5:58:28 PM

  3. Jill Hoskins says:
    28 May 2020
    To Vince’s Family,
    I’m saddened to hear Vince passed away. I meet Vince @ Lehigh University. I drive Access LU Bus. I had lots of nice conversations with him, when I picked & dropped him off. The one day he forgot his coffee mug. He asked me if he could go back & get it. So when I pick him up now, I would ask him if he has his mug. He was very nice guy. RIP VINCE.

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    19 May 2020
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  5. Will Xia says:
    19 May 2020
    Rest in peace, Vince.

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  11. Sam & Angel says:
    14 May 2020
    Our sincerest condolences Christine, on the passing of your father. Although we did not know him personally, it appears he was a very accomplished professional and I'm sure he will be missed by both family and colleagues. You are a sweet young lady and I'm sure will carry on with his legacy. Special thoughts and prayer for peace and comfort at this time.

  12. Lynne L Roth says:
    13 May 2020
    Vince and I worked many years together at Air Products and I am saddened to hear he has left this earth! I remember Vince introducing Jack and me to Kim & Christine at Don Pablos many years ago, and was happy to put faces to the 2 most important people in Vince's life -- he loved you both so very much, and I am so sorry for your loss.
    A born Teacher and love for process-driven approaches, his leadership and conviction to its importance defined the Knowledge Management movement which was way before the currently accepted Continuous Improvement (CI) -- and even harder to create the necessary step change, which required all of Vince’s innate tenacity! He was an important Mentor in my work-life and got me started on creating what became my signature, merging After Action Reviews and Lessons Learned into a successful face-to-face and Virtual process until my own retirement in 2016.
    I now imagine Vince in the afterlife, very curious on how that process works and now able to ask those questions of his Creator and rest in his search for continuous enlightenment. Rest in Peace, Vince... and sending love and hugs to both Kim and Christine.
    Lynne & Jack Roth

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