Hometown: Lexington, KY (High)
Date of Birth: March 13, 1887
Date of Death: May 9, 1962
Obituary - Roark, Dr. Ruric Creegan, Washington Post (May 11, 1962)
On Wednesday, May 9, 1962, at his residence, 3163 Adams Mill Rd. NW., Dr. Ruric Creegan Roark, beloved husband of Anna Brown Roark; brother of Raymond J. Roark of Madison, Wis., and Miss Mary Kathleen Roark. He is also survived by a niece and two nephews.
Friends may call at the S.H. Hines Co. Funeral Home, 2901 14th St. NW. (parking facilities).
Services at the time above funeral home on Friday, May 11, at 2 p.m. Interment Canton, Pa.
Semi-Centennial Alumni Record of the University of Illinois by University of Illinois, Frank William Scott (1918)
G569 RURIC CREEGAN ROARK
(Brother of No. 4875)
Chemist; A.M. 1908; b. Mr. 13, 1887, Glasgow, Ky.; s. Ruric Nevel (b. 185, Greenville, Ky.) and Mary (Creegan) Roark (b. Ia.). Prepared in Lexington (Ky.) H.S.; Ky. St. Univ., 1903-05; Clark Univ., Worcester, Mass., 1905-06. A.B. Univ. of Cincinnati, 1907; Ph. D., George Washington Univ., 1917.
Sigma Xi. Grad. Asst., Organic Chem., Univ. of Ill., 1907-08: Fellow, Chem., Univ. of Wis. 1910-11; Asst. Chem. Bur. of Chem., U.S. Dept. of Agr., 1908-17; Chief Chem., U.S. San. Products Corp., Chicago, 1917 -. Mem. A.C.S. Address, 4738 Kenwood Ave., Chicago; bus. add., 2834 Loomis St., do.
Dr. R.C. Roark Dies in Capital
Noted U.S. Aide in Agriculture
Dr. R. Creegan Roark, aged 75, of Washington D.C., a retired research chemist in the Dept. of Agriculture, died last Wednesday, May 9.
Dr. Roark served 42 years with the United State Agriculture Department spending nearly 30 years in the research division. He won wide recognition for his contributions to the development of fumigants for agricultural products and for his leadership of research on insecticide residues. His work led to the development of many new pesticides.
In 1956 when he retired, Dr. Roark was honored with the USDA's Superior Service Award for "inspirational leadership and meritorious service to agriculture" for developing and improving chemical methods for controlling pests. In July 1927, Dr. Roark was appointed chief of the insecticide division of USDA and his unit was presented with a Distinguished Service Award by the Agriculture Department in 1948.
In addition to his contribution to agriculture, Dr. Roark was responsible for chemical research on insect-control materials important to national defense. In 1946, the surgeon general of the Navy commended Dr. Roark and his staff for exceptional service rendered during World War II.
He was the author of some 200 publications dealing with chemistry and economics of insecticides, and was granted ten United State Patents on new insecticides.
Dr. Roark is survived by his wife, Mrs. Anna Brown Roark, who was formerly of Canton; a brother, Raymond of Madison, Wisc., and a sister, Miss Kathleen Roark of Washington.
Funeral services were held at the S. Hines Co. Funeral Home, Washington D.C., Friday. The remains were brought to the Morse Funeral Home, Canton, Saturday, and interment services were held at 4:00 p.m., in the East Canton cemetery. The Rev. Richard Tillapaugh officiated.