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Frederick Schelhorn (6-10-15) service 6-28-15

Frederick B. Schelhorn, Ph.D., died at home in Granville, Ohio on Wednesday, June 10.
He was born Aug. 10, 1918, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Frederick G. and Dora A. Schelhorn.
Dr. Schelhorn graduated from Abington High School in 1934, received a BS in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1939 (Pi Mu Epsilon, Tau Beta Phi, Alpha Chi Sigma), and his MS and PhD degrees in paper chemistry in 1941 and 1943 from the Institute of Paper Chemistry at Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin.  He was a 1953 alumnus of the Harvard Advanced Management Program. While at the Institute he met, and on May 15, 1943, he married his wife of 60 years, Amalia “Molly.” 
Having a career focus in the pulp and paper industry, Dr. Schelhorn joined the Brown Company (Berlin, New Hampshire) in 1943. He served as navigator for the USS Fillmore (APA 83) in the Pacific theatre during WWII, and returned to Berlin, New Hampshire, at the close of the war to a position as paper division general superintendent.  He joined National Container in 1953 managing Valdosta, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida mills; Owens-Illinois (Toledo, Ohio) in 1956, serving as the VP of manufacturing and of research and development; and Tennessee River Pulp and Paper (Counce) in 1963 as resident manager, and in 1967 as the TRP&P president.  In 1976 he became a VP of the parent company Packaging Corporation of America, and in 1979 a senior VP in the corporate office (Evanston, Illinois) responsible for three mills, PCA solid wood operations, and land management. He established the first R&D center for PCA.
Dr. Schelhorn had lifelong interests in history, business, technical subjects, the arts, and the varied pursuits of his family.  He was active in many civic organizations. He served as the president of the Tennessee Manufacturers Association and the North Carolina State University Pulp and Paper Foundation (1971-73). 
Dr. Schelhorn was an inventor on four issued US patents.  He was a member of St. Luke’s Church in Granville and a mason in good standing with the Gorham-Sabatis Lodge 73 in Gorham, New Hampshire,  and a 32nd degree mason in the Scottish Rite in Corinth, Mississippi.
Surviving are his son, Peter J. Schelhorn of Atlanta, Georgia; daughters, Mary A. Peterson of Washington, D.C., Jean E. Schelhorn of Granville, Ohio, and Amalia J. Schelhorn of Victoria, British Columbia; nine grandchildren and a great-grandson; and his beloved golden retriever, Barnabas.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Amalia; and his son Frederick Paul. 
A memorial service will be held at St. Luke’s Church in Granville on Sunday, June 28, at 7 p.m.  Online condolences may be expressed at
Memorial gifts may be made to St. Luke’s Church, P.O. Box 82 Granville, Ohio 43023; the Schelhorn STEM Scholarship Fund at The Works 55 S. 1st St., Newark, Ohio 43055; or the F.B. Schelhorn Scholarship Fund at the NCSU Pulp and Paper Foundation, Campus Box 8010 Raleigh, North Carolina 27695.

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