On January 28, the life of Edward L. Jenner, age 98, ended gently in his home in Hockessin Delaware. He was born on March 27, 1918 in Pontiac, Michigan, the son of Roy Charles and Alice Marsh Jenner. After graduating from Lake Forest College in 1939 he received his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Michigan in 1942. That summer he married Dorothy Ragla of Battle Creek who had just completed her Bachelor of Arts degree.
In 1945 Ed and Dorothy moved from Michigan to Wilmington. Here he commenced a 37-year career with the DuPont Company. His research work for DuPont involving the synthesis of polymer intermediates and plant protectants was interrupted by a year spent as a visiting scientist at U.C. Berkeley.
Dr. Jenner published in chemical and biological journals and held a number of patents. He was a member of the American Chemical Society and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was a co-founder and 50-year member of an informal science discussion group which fostered enduring friendships in addition to discourse on a wide range of topics. Ed also enjoyed the company of other Wilmington Trail Club members during many years of hiking.
For over fifty years, Ed and Dorothy had been active in a local Great Books group. Following their retirement, they attended classes at the University of Delaware's Academy of Lifelong Learning. In addition, they made several tours of Europe.
He is survived by his son Charles (Frederika) of Hockessin; son Edward W. (Susan) of Montville, NJ; and daughter Dr. Margaret Jenner and her husband Dr. Stephen Krulikoski of Sedgwick, ME. He is also survived by his grandsons: Andrew Lloyd Jenner (Adira) of Newark; Nicolas Edward Jenner of Wilmington; Alexander Roy Jenner of NYC; and Matthew Eng Jenner of Lakewood, CO. All gained invaluable insight from Ed’s gift for patiently and clearly explaining the scientific concepts with which he so clearly understood our world.
Edward and Dorothy had many friends among the residents and employees of Cokesbury Village, where they were fortunate to live in the later years of their retirement. Following Dorothy’s death in 2011, he was especially befriended by Jack and Jackie Harris and Walter Hopkins. He also leaves behind other treasured friends and acquaintances too numerous to mention.
The Jenner family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to the compassionate and dedicated employees of the care providing organizations who allowed Edward to have a good death. These included: Home Instead Senior Care, Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care of Delaware, and Cokesbury Village assisted living healthcare.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a (non-deductible) donation to the Cokesbury Employee Appreciation Fund. Please make checks payable to “Emp. App. Fnd.” And forward to: Robert Ullrich, A-12, 726 Loveville Road, Hockessin, DE. 19707.
Memorial services will be private.