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Date of Issue: November 03, 2005

Obituaries

Rose Ann Bucher

Rose Ann Bucher, 68, of Bradenton Beach and Tampa, died Oct. 25.

Born in Wabash County, Ind., Ms. Bucher was a resident of the Sandpiper Mobile Resort.

Memorial services will be held at a later date in Indiana. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

She is survived by lifetime companion Cathy Ord; sisters Linda Martin and Doris Marburger, both of Indiana; brother Max of Indiana; and many nieces and nephews.

Nobel Laureate with Island ties dies

Richard Smalley, 62, who won a Nobel Prize for "buckyballs" in 1996, died Friday in Houston.

Smalley, son of longtime Island residents Frank and Kate Smalley, was awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry for discovering "buckyballs."

The soccer-ball shaped molecules were nicknamed by Smalley in honor of architect-philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller because they resemble his geodesic domes.

Buckyballs are a third form of pure carbon after graphite and diamonds and their application likely will affect the way people live in the future.

New medicines, super-lubricants, super-batteries, affordable solar cells and just about anything imaginable - even automobiles - may some day be made with buckyballs or buckyball fibers called buckytubes.

"The strength of these fibers make them the strongest structural fibers made or ever will be made," Smalley told The Islander from his home in Houston in 1996. "It has the virtue to be strong in tension, but we don’t know about compression. Whether or not it replaces steel will depend on whether it can be molded."

 Smalley, who shared the prize with Harold Kroto of Sussex University in England and fellow Rice University professor Robert Curl, often visited his stepmother Kate of Holmes Beach, who died in 2000. Father Frank, who moved here in the early 1960s, died in 1992.

"Ask me in a couple of years what I think about winning the Nobel," Smalley told The Islander.

He said he enjoyed visiting Anna Maria because it was a gathering spot where he could reminisce with Kate and his four brothers and sisters.

David D. Young

Memorial services for David D. Young will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 501 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

Formerly of Seekook, Mass., and Holmes Beach, Mr. Young, 77, died June 30. He was born in Newport, R.I. He was a graduate of Fisher Business School. He served in the U.S. Army, and worked for the Tidewater Oil Co. He also owned and operated two service stations in Seekonk. He was elected to the school committee in 1962, where he served for 16 years, six as its chair. He was a member of the George R. Martin Elementary School and Seekonk High School, and served on the Seekonk Housing Authority from 1985-88. He was elected to the Seekonk Board of Selectmen in 1989 and retired from political office in 1992. He served on the Seaside Gardens Association Board of Directors, Holmes Beach.

Memorial contributions may be made to the David D. Young Memorial Fund, Slade’s Ferry Bank, 1400 Fall River Ave., Seekonk MA 02771, with donations made to benefit the Anna Maria Island Branch Library.

He is survived by wife of 53 years Alice "Betty;" daughters Betty Martin of Danvers, Mass., Jody Amaral of Bend, Ore., and Jeanne Potter of Somerset, Mass.; son Doug of Mansfield, Mass.; and eight grandchildren.

Betty Young (508) 336-8715 ... sez memorial service @ Roser 3pm Nov. 4, friends and neighbors welcome....

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