Highland resident Vic McCrary, vice president for research and economic development, Morgan State University, was selected to the 2014 class of Fellows of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
The American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellows Program was created by the ACS Board of Directors in December 2008 to recognize and honor members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and the ACS.
Although Vic is not a native Marylander, he has lived in the area his entire life. His mother and father were both members of the U.S. Army and met at Fort Clayton in the Panama Canal Zone during the Korean War. The family wound up at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where he was born and raised. Vic and his siblings were "Army brats,", an affectionate term used to describe the children of members of the military.
I was going to list some of his research contributions but, quite frankly, I didn't understand a lot of it. Suffice it to say that Dr. Vic is one smart hombre. He holds a Doctorate in Chemistry from Howard University, an Executive Masters of Science degree from the Graduate School of Engineering with the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor's degree from the Catholic University of America.
He is a 1973 graduate of DeMatha Catholic High School and still meets a few of his high school pals every couple of weeks for breakfast at Siebel's' Restaurant in Burtonsville. He is the recipient of the Gold Medal from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Percy L. Julian Award, and Scientist of the Year from U.S. Black Engineer/Black Engineer of the Year Awards.
He resides in Highland with his wife Mercedes and son Max. Max just graduated from Loyola-Blakefield High School and will be starting his freshman year at Morgan State. Their daughter, Francesca, is a 2012 graduate of the Citadel in Charleston, S.C.
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