Gar Schurr, 92, Research director for Sherwin-Williams, lifelong Cub fan

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Garmond "Gar" Schurr, 92, of Oak Park, died on May 20, 2011 at home. Born on his grandmother's farm in western North Dakota, he graduated from North Dakota State University in 1940, then entered the U.S. Army where he served his country for 5½ years, attaining the rank of captain in the Chemical Warfare Service. At the end of the war, he married Anne and they moved to Chicago where he joined the Sherwin-Williams Paint Company where he remained his entire career until his retirement in 1982.

At Sherwin-Williams, Mr. Schurr gradually progressed to group leader, assistant department director, department director, and director of the Research Center. His research centered on metal protective coatings, mildew-cide additives for coatings, under-eave peeling of house paints, predicting durability of paints by mechanical measurements, the effect of atmospheric pollutants on paints, and house paint formulation. He published several papers in each of these areas and was active in several paint industry professional organizations.

He served on the board of directors of the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology, was a founding trustee of the Paint Research Institute and a 65-year member of the American Chemical Society.

In 1978 he was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by North Dakota State University, recognizing his achievements in the paint industry and his involvement with the NDSU Industrial Advisory Committee.

He served on the board of education for District 218 (Oak Lawn High School) from 1963-70.

He was a lifelong Cubs fan. On the day he was born, the Cubs were playing game 3 of the 1918 World Series against the Boston Red Sox (which they lost, 2-1). After that World Series, it would be 92 years until those two teams met again in Boston on May 20, 2011, the day Mr. Schurr died.

He is survived by his children, Beverly Kilmer, Richard (Beth Server) and Kathleen Schurr and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Anne Schurr, and his son, Michael Schurr.

A memorial service was held on May 25 at Belmont Village in Oak Park, his home for the past four years.

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Bev Kilmer from Lakeview, Ar.  

Posted: June 22nd, 2011 12:57 PM

Gar Schurr, my dad, was a wonderful man. He tops the charts as a great father. Always had time to spend with his kids and gave us all a part of his amazing traits. I am blessed to have been his daughter. Also, Rich, thanks so much for all the work you put into sharing his life with others.

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