Albert C. Condo Sunday, May 25, 1924 - Sunday, April 9, 2017
Albert C. Condo, 92, a key figure in restoring the Alaska Tundra during the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and a retired adjunct professor of chemistry at Villanova University, died on April 9 at Dunwoody Village, Newtown Square. Mr. Condo served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and then received his B.S. and M.S. Degrees from Cornell University. Following his graduation from Cornell in 1951, Mr. Condo worked for the Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO). During the 1950’s, he also became an assistant professor in the chemical engineering department at Drexel University. The highlight of his 34-year career with ARCO was his assignment to the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company for the planning and construction of the oil pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez, Alaska. In addition to the tundra restoration work, Mr. Condo was responsible for the development of ARCO’s other Arctic Protective Systems, which included the development of insulated roads and the revegetation of the pipeline’s right-of-way. After his retirement from ARCO in 1985, Mr. Condo was an adjunct professor of chemistry at Drexel University, Temple University, Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, and at Villanova University for over 20 years. He was also a consultant at MACH I, Inc., Military and Aerospace Chemical Company in King of Prussia, where he was a principal investigator for contracts with the U. S. Department of Defense. Mr. Condo was an Emeritus member of the American Chemical Society, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Sigma Xi, Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, and the Society of Plastics Engineers. Mr. Condo was the founding president of the ARCO Suburban Retirees Club; a vice president of the National Association of the 10th Mountain Division and president of its Delaware River Valley Chapter; a board member of the Garrett Williamson Foundation in Newtown Square; president of the Newtown Square Rotary Club; a member of American Legion Post #805; an elder, deacon and superintendent of Sunday School at the Newtown Square Presbyterian Church; and Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 533 in Newtown Square. In addition Mr. Condo had numerous patents and authored many scientific publications. Mr. Condo is survived by his wife of 43 years Virginia (nee Reger), his children Richard M. (Sandra), Karen C. King-Smith (Roger), Donald B., and Nathaniel R. (Gillian), six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Newtown Square Presbyterian Church, 3600 Goshen Road, on Saturday, May 6. Visitation with the family will be held at the church from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church, marked for the music department, or to the 10th Mountain Division Descendants, Inc., P.O. Box 398717, Miami Beach, FL 33239. Frank C. Videon, Broomall.