Former OSU geochemist Ronald Senechal has died


Ronald Senechal

Ronald G. Senechal, a former research geochemist and instructor at Oregon State University, died on May 13, 2016. He was 77.

Ron was born in New Britain, Connecticut, and graduated from New Britain High School in 1956. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geochemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in 1961. He was a member of the Theta Chi Fraternity Delta Chapter. Ron conducted post-graduate studies at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University, New York, New York.

Ron ‘s career path led him to work for Isotopes, Inc., the U.S. Bureau of Standards, and from 1973 to 1987 as a research geochemist at Oregon State University working with radioactive isotopes. When grant funds expired, Ron made a major career change working as Chief Financial Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of (Western) Oregon.

Ron was a skilled mechanic, electrician, and woodworker, making several items of furniture for his home. Ron was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan in Corvallis, served on the vestry and was an active member of the building and grounds committee.

Ron is survived by his wife of twenty-five years, Desiree L. Jenkins Senechal, his sister, Anne Senechal Faust of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, various cousins, and his beloved cat, H.B. Shipley.

A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan at 35th and Harrison Streets in Corvallis, Oregon on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. with the Reverend Simon C. Justice officiating.

Donations in Ron’s memory would be deeply appreciated and may be made to the ASPCA at, and to Benton Hospice Service, 2350 NW Professional Drive, Corvallis, OR  97330, at in lieu of flowers.




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