Alvin H. Lybeck, an industrial chemist, born in Trenton, NJ, February 28, 1919 and died April 22, 2009 at CT Hospice, Branford. He is survived by his beloved wife, Anne, of 63 years, and his daughter Karen. He was the son of the late Gustave Fritjof Lybeck and Elizabeth Higgins Lybeck. His wife, Anne, is the daughter of the late Oscar and Ingrid Hokanson, formerly of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY and was the sister of his best friend, Allan E. Hokanson.
He graduated from polytechnic University in 1941 with a B. a. in chemistry, and was employed by U. S. Rubber, Passaic, NJ, becoming, with successive employments, over four decades, and expert in rubber and plastic technology, particularly electrical insulating wire and cable (1941-1984). As a manager, he was responsible for technical activity, product development and quality control. In his work, he liked the combining of accuracy and urgency necessary in factory control and the sense of accomplishment. An active member of industrial-government committees, he was an accredited professional chemist (American Institute of Chemists, 1968, and a member of the Chemists Club, NY, 1953 and the Chemical Heritage. He had written in a technical journal and received three patents.
His chemical work was his vocation and his avocation, developed from his love of books, was hand bookbinding, a craft in which he had been trained professionally a few years after his degree. He established a cellar workshop, acquiring the necessary tools, presses, shears, supplies, etc. Aside from many of his own and friends books, he volunteered his talent to rebind many books for Branford's James Blackstone Library. Unfortunately a few years ago a broken hip forced him to give up bookbinding, even as a part-time hobby. He was gratified to pass on his tools and equipment to Jeffrey Hokanson, the grandson of his best friend and brother-in-law, to whom he had, for a number of years, been providing advice and craft knowledge.
He was a longtime volunteer (1985-2001) at Yale-New haven Hospital.
In later years he published about two dozen articles in Pulpdom, reminiscent of his youthful reading – Argosy and other pulp magazines from the early to mid 20th century.
Earlier family vacations were usually along the New England Coast, and later on he and his wife enjoyed a variety of tours, Britain, Scandinavia and many U. S. States.
He was a member of the Church of Christ Congregational in Stony Creek, Branford. Previously he had been active in churches in Elizabeth, NJ, and Mansfield Center, CT, as teacher, deacon and committee assignments.
Funeral services will be held at the convenience of his family.
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