Donald E. Cordes Chemical engineer


Donald E. Cordes, 60, a Baltimore native and chemical engineer, died Sunday of cancer at Roper Hospital in Charleston, S.C.

He moved to West Ashley, S.C., a suburb of Charleston, in 1982 when he was appointed director of manufacturing for the Balchem Chemical Co. in Green Pond, S.C.

Reared in Hamilton, he studied at the McDonogh School and was a 1952 Polytechnic Institute graduate. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1955.

He married the former Dorothy George of Baltimore in 1955.

Services were set for 10 a.m. today at John Wesley United Methodist Church in Charleston, where he had been a member for many years.

He also is survived by a son, Christopher Lee Cordes of Charleston; three daughters, Cathy Clark of Chesapeake, Va., Cheryl O'Connor of Stony Brook, N.Y., and Carol Howell of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; his mother, Helen Blake Cordes Gaeng of Charleston; and five grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to John Wesley United Methodist Church, 626 Savannah Highway, Charleston 29407.

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