Warren E. Berry
Warren Elmer Berry, formerly of Columbus Ohio, died December 28, 2012 in Irving, Texas. He was born January 5, 1922 in Perry County Ohio to the late Purl Oliver and Iva Danison Berry. Warren attended New Lexington High School from 1935-1940 where he was captain and quarterback of the Panthers football team and played center on the basketball team. He lettered in both sports. One of Warren's favorite stories was how the Panthers beat New Concorde HS. During the game he tackled John Glenn, the future astronaut, who played for New Concorde at the time.
After graduating high school as Valedictorian of his class, Warren went on to attend Ohio University on scholarship. World War II interrupted his college career. He was commissioned a lieutenant in the army and was stationed stateside training troops. During the war, Warren married his sweetheart Ruth Bennett while on leave. After being discharged from the Army at the end of the war, Warren completed his college education earning a BS in Chemistry.
After graduation, Warren worked, and eventually retired, after 37 years from Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, OH as Section Manager and Nuclear Corrosion Scientist. Warren's expertise spanned a wide variety of industrial applications and research including his ground-breaking research leading to the development of the Nautilus, the first nuclear powered submarine. He went on to determine the metal alloys that were integral in developing nuclear generated steam engines and make nuclear power plants commercially viable. Because much of his work was classified, Warren did not receive public credit for his work until the Freedom of Information Act allowed for much of his work to be declassified. Warren was the recipient of the 1980 ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials) Sam Tour Award, the 1983 NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers) Distinguished Service Award and the prestigious 1984 NACE Frank Newman Speller Award. Warren wrote a book entitled Corrosion in Nuclear Applications, was the author of chapters for 10 books, and was the sole or co-author of more than 60 scientific publications. All publications were released by Battelle Memorial Institute. Warren will be remembered for his impressive memory and warm good humor.
In addition to his parents, Warren was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years Ruth Bennett Berry, his brother Nyal Antonio Berry, and his sister Ethel Berry Clark. He is survived by his five children, daughter Lois and husband John MacGregor, daughter Marie and husband Gary Guthrie, daughter Janice and husband Richard Bird, son Charles and wife Tracey Berry, and daughter Elaine and husband Jonathan Wood. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren as well as a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation will be held at the WEIR-AREND FUNERAL HOME 4221 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43214 (3 blks S. of Henderson Rd.) on Sunday, January 13, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church at 20 East Dominion Boulevard, Columbus, OH 43214 at 10:00 AM on January 14, 2013. Fr. Kevin Lutz Celebrant. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made, in the honor of Warren E. Berry, to the New Lexington Scholarship Fund care of Christy Barnette, Treasurer School Board of Education 1605 Airport Road, New Lexington, OH 43764 or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s.