Chemical Information Bulletin, Volume 58, Number 2, Fall 2006 Page: 3
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NORMAN J. SANTORA (1935-2006)
We have learned with great sorrow and sadness that Dr. Norman J. Santora passed away on May 28,
2006, at the age of 70.
Norman was the previous editor of the Chemical Information Bulletin (2004-2005), a member of the
CINF Publications Committee, and a frequent contributor to chemical information literature.
Norman received a bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees in organic chemistry from Temple University
in Philadelphia in 1957, 1960, and 1965, respectively. His Ph.D. dissertation was on the "Synthesis of
some analogs of pyrimidine nucleosides," and his first published paper in 1963 reported on a series of 2amino-5-pyrimidinesulfonamides.
He continued a post-doctorate work at the University of Pennsylvania
in the period 1965-1968.
He started in the pharmaceutical industry as a medicinal chemist at William H. Rorer, Inc. (1968-1983)
and had some 20 patents to his credit, most of them on antiinflammatory and analgesic drugs. He
became interested early in quantitative structure-activity relationships and moved into the chemical
information science field at SmithKline (1983 to 1991). From 1991 to 1997, he worked in the chemical
and patent information group at R. W. Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute. He retired in 1997.
Norman was active in professional organizations, Chemical Information Group of the ACS Philadelphia
Section, the ACS Division of Chemical Information (CINF), and the Patent Information Users Group
(PIUG). We do recall his last two papers presented before CINF on "Quantitative competitive
intelligence" and "Dimensionality and classification considerations in pattern recognition" at the 217th
and 218th ACS National Meetings in 1999 in Anaheim and New Orleans, respectively.
In his "retirement" he was more active than ever. He founded his own consulting firm, Chemical
Forecasting and Searching Technology, and was a member of the Chemical Consultants Network
(CCN), a volunteer organization and an unusual ACS topical group, also supported by the American
Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Within the framework of the network, Norman presented
seminars such as "Quantitative competitive intelligence." He was also an adjunct professor at Temple
Norman's lasting legacy was his book, Math Fun: A Guide for Pre-College Students and the Parents,
Teachers & Mentors of Grade School Children, which evolved from his lifelong passion for
mathematical games and puzzles, and a desire to make learning of mathematics less painless, even fun.
His coworkers and friends wrote in the "guest book" accolades such as "a wonderful man", "very
personable as well as professional", "very intelligent and a skilled scientist", "a wonderful mentor and
teacher." He will be missed by many.
W. Val Metanomski
Chemical Information Bulletin
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