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Allandale Mansion Dr. Harry Coover Memorial

May 23rd, 2011
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[Photo Credit:  The Rogersville Review]

Dr. Harry Coover, inventor of super glue, passed away earlier this year.   A memorial service was held for Dr. Coover on May 14th at Allandale Mansion, in Kingsport, Tennessee, and was followed by a groundbreaking ceremony for a new performing arts amphitheater (plans shown here).

Super Glue Corporation executives were honored to attend the National Medal of Technology and Innovation gala with Dr. Coover and his family in November, 2010.  We wanted to pass along this important information to all of our readers and the many Do It Yourselfers (DIYers) and hobbyists who love super glue and have depended on its strong bonding qualities to accomplish their work for many decades.  We hope you will take the time to make a donation to Dr. Coover’s charity of choice – Allandale Mansion  Preservation Trust.

According to the Allandale Mansion website:

“Most recently, Dr. Harry Coover and his family donated the “Heron Dome” in memory of his deceased wife, Mrs. Muriel Zumbach Coover. The “Dome” features a bronze heron sculpture in a shallow pool, surrounded by benches, landscaping, and lighting to make the structure suitable for evening events [such as weddings, parties, and social gatherings and a quiet spot for reflection].”

According to The Rogersville Review Dr. Coover was a founding benefactor of the mansion and participated in the vision for the new amphitheater:

“Members of the Friends of Allandale all agreed that the project will offer a premier outdoor entertainment venue for the region, and the groundbreaking represents a dream by the project’s late benefactor Dr. Harry W. Coover.  Prior to the groundbreaking, a brief memorial service was held in his honor.  
Coover, the inventor of Super Glue and retired vice president of Eastman Chemical Company, was a long time supporter of projects to improve Allandale Mansion until his death on March 26 at age 94.
In the early planning stages of the Amphitheater project Coover, who also received the 2010 National Medal of Technology and Innovation, once said, “The citizens of Greater Kingsport deserve a beautiful gathering place. The natural landscape of historic Allandale provides the perfect setting to harbor all kinds of performing arts.”
Remembering Dr. Coover’s wishes,  President of the FOA Teresa Estepp said, “It is very befitting that the Friends of Allandale can officially break ground on this special project in conjunction with the day that we are remembering our founding benefactor, Dr. Coover.  It was Dr. Coover’s wish to provide the citizens of this region with a venue to enjoy the performing arts on the grounds of the city’s historic mansion.”

Dr. Coover’s family has asked that memorials in his honor be sent to Allandale Mansion Preservation Trust – 4444 West Stone Drive – Kingsport, TN 37660.

Dr. Harry Coover, Inventor of Super Glue, Passes at Age 94

March 27th, 2011
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Dr_Coover_Pic[Photo Credit:  Super Glue Corporation]

Dr. Harry Coover, inventor of Super Glue, passed away on March 26, 2011 at his home in Kingsport, Tennessee.  According to Elizabeth A.  Harris with The New York Times, Dr. Coover’s daughter, Dr. Melinda Paul, confirmed that Harry Wesley Coover was born on March 6, 1917 (not 1919 as some reports state) making him 94 years old when he passed away this weekend.

Super Glue Corporation representatives (Marcia Littler and Ron Gravette, pictured here with Dr. Coover) were thrilled to join Dr. Coover’s family members, and Eastman Chemical Company colleagues, at a gala honoring the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation’s  2009 National Medal of Technology and Innovation Laureates on Tuesday evening, November 16th, 2010, in Washington DC.

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation is the United States government’s  “highest honor for technological achievement bestowed on American innovators by the President of the United States.”  Dr. Coover received the award for his invention of  “cyanoacrylates – novel adhesives known widely to consumers as ‘super glues’ – which today play significant roles in medicine and industry”.

The November 16th Gala literature states about the program,   “It recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness, standard of living, and quality of life through technological innovation, and to recognize those who have made substantial contributions to strengthening the Nation’s technological workforce.  The Medal also seeks to inspire future generations of Americans to prepare for and pursue tehnical careers to keep America at the forefront of global technology and economic leadership.”

A brief video history of Dr. Coover’s super glue discovery was presented at the gala.

Super Glue Corporation representatives also captured some interesting interview time with Dr. Coover the morning after the gala, in November 2010.  The interview covers a range of topics including the following: Dr. Coover’s response to The Original Super Glue(R) Corporation’s iphone app; Dr. Coover’s love for his family and his animals; Dr. Coover’s interest in following new developments in science and technology; Dr. Coover’s concerns for the future of the United States’ leadership role in science, technology and math, and much more!

We were thrilled to know Dr. Coover!  His invention created an entire industry and continues to help solve many sticky problems for creative producers around the world.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of his wonderful family members.

Celebrating Serendipity!

January 6th, 2011
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 [Photo Credit:  YouTube NationalMedals]

This is the video, about Dr. Harry S. Coover’s discovery of super glue, that was shown at the National Science and Technology Medals Foundation Gala November 2010, in Washington D.C.  It was amazing how many of the medal winners cited serendipity as playing a large role in their discovery.  We think humility must play a role as well or as Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favours the prepared mind.”


Check out this interesting article about super glue inventor, Dr. Harry S. Coover, “One Day of Serendipity-A Lifetime of Achievement“, by Dr. Dave Dunn (January 2011 Adhesives and Sealants Industry magazine).

[Chief Blogger’s Note:  Oh .. and yes, as Dr. Dave states in the article, Super Glue Corporation’s representatives were in attendance, with Dr. Coover, at the November 2010 gala (see pic left) to help celebrate his accomplishment(s)! … No humility here 😉 ]

[Photo Credit:  Super Glue Corporation]