James F. Eggler, 68, of 184 Elm St., Stonington, Conn., and formerly of Johnsonburg, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 at the Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn.
He was born Feb. 2, 1945 in Ridgway, son of Dorothy Young Eggler and the late James M. Eggler.
He resided in Stonington for the past several years.
He graduated from Johnsonburg High School in 1963, where he was an outstanding football player, and graduated from Alfred University in New York in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. As an outstanding scholar and athlete, he was named to the Div. III All American Football Team as a senior and was named a member of the Saxon Athletic Club Football Sports Hall of Fame.
He obtained his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, where his passion for organic chemistry made him one of the first students to study under Samuel Danishefsky, one of this country's leaders in chemistry research. His work led to the preparation of the cancer drug camptothecin, which is used in cancer treatment today. His post-doctoral studies were done at Columbia University at the laboratory of Gilbert Stork, another renowned scientific leader in organic chemistry.
He was an outstanding cook. He was also a natural athlete and was an excellent skier and golfer.
He retired from Pfizer, Inc. in 2002 as a research advisor after 30 years of employment, which started in 1972. He had an outstanding career as a research scientist. He had numerous patents and publications, and was responsible for a number of important discoveries at Pfizer leading to advances in the treatment of pulmonary diseases, inflammation, and diabetes.
In addition to his mother, Dorothy Eggler of Johnsonburg, he is survived by a brother, Gary Eggler and his wife Rebecca "Becky" of Indiana; and a niece, Erika Eggler of Pittsburgh.
He was preceded in death by his father, James M. Eggler, in 2002.
Local arrangements for James. F. Eggler are under the direction of the Anthony F. Ferragine Funeral Home, 401 Chestnut St., Johnsonburg. Interment will be in Wardvale Lutheran Cemetery and will be private.
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