Walther H. Ott, 99, died peacefully Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, in Bridgewater, N.J.
He was born on Sept. 30, 1911, in Hermiston, Ore., to the late Henry John Ott and Minnie Walther Ott.
Walther graduated from Oregon State in 1934 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Poultry Husbandry and a minor in Biochemistry. He earned his Master of Science degree in Animal Nutrition from Oregon State College and his PhD degree in Agricultural and Biological Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State College.
Dr. Ott had a research career at The Merck Institute of Therapeutic Research, Rahway, N.J. He held the title of Senior Scientist at the time of his retirement in 1976. He published 102 scientific papers, held 2 patents and had membership in many scientific organizations.
In 1973 he became a member of The African Violet Society of America (AVSA). He was published in the AVSA magazine and won many awards and ribbons for his violets and his education displays at shows.
A lifelong Methodist, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Westfield, N.J.
He is survived by his daughters, Ruth Arthur of Indianapolis and Arline Cox of Bridgewater, N.J.; four grandchildren, Katharina Lewman of Shirley, Karen Campbell of rural Greenfield, George Cox and Raymond Cox, both of Fla.; and six great-grandchildren, Levi Lewman, Olivia, Denver and Daniel Campbell, and Daniel and Thomas Cox.
Dr. Ott was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine; and son, Roger.
Memorial services will be held at the Arbor Glen Auditorium in Bridgewater, N.J. Interment will be at the Memorial Garden, First Methodist Church in Westfield, N.J. Arrangements have been entrusted to Bruce C. VanArsdale Funeral Home, Somerville, N.J.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to The Fellowship Fund of the United Methodist Homes of N.J., 3311 St. Rte. 33, Neptune, NJ 07753-9926. Make checks payable to: The United Methodist Homes Foundation Fellowship Fund. Secure on-line donations may be made at www.umh-nj.org.
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