Kennett Square man celebrates 100th birthday Thursday

Jerry Winslow
Jerry Winslow

Kennett Square >> Jerry G. Winslow of Kennett Square celebrates his 100th birthday Oct. 12. He was drafted into the army in 1941 and was sent to Fort Kamehameha on Oahu with the 41st Coast Artillery, Company D. He went on to become a Second Lieutenant. When stationed in the Philippines, he contracted malaria and his weight dropped to below 100 pounds. He was about to be deployed to Japan when the bombs were dropped, and he suddenly had an overwhelming feeling that he would live.

He returned home to Chicago after the war and met his wife, Lorraine, and shared 60 years with her before she died. They made their home in a south suburb of Chicago where they raised four daughters. He found a job, along with other veterans, at Sinclair Oil Research Co. where his best friend was a fellow chemist who was a Japanese American man. After 19 years, Sinclair merged with Atlantic Richfield and laid off the veterans without full pensions. He found a job with Certain Teed and was transferred to Downingtown, Pennsylvania. It was there that he invented a fiber called Fibrous Calcium Sulfate which became a substitute for asbestos in many products such as car brakes. Jerry has three patents in his name.

He can still recite classic poetry from memory.