George J.


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George J. Koch

Oct 10 1922 - May 10 2009

George J. Koch died May 10, 2009. He was a retired Product Manager of Continental Oil and retired manager of Technical Liaison and Industry affairs for George Pacific/Georgia Gulf. Mr. Koch was born in Jamaica, New York and grew up in Hollis. He served as a Lt. in the Navy aboard destroyers during WWII. He was awarded a commendation for “outstanding heroism in action” during the battle for seizure of Okinawa. A chemistry graduate of the college of Wooster in Ohio, he also received advanced business degrees from Case Western in Cleveland, Ohio and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the chemist in charge of developing polyvinyl chloride film, more commonly known as plastic wrap. He was awarded two patents in his name for the invention, formula and processing of the plastic bottle and plastic film. George was also a member of Saint Gabriel Catholic Church in McKinney, Texas, Knights of Columbus, and a retired member of the Society of Plastics and American Chemical Society. He is survived by his wife, Monica L. Koch, daughters, Christine Goldsmith and her husband, Jan of San Diego, California, Leslie Koch and her husband, Joe Correia of San Diego, Marcia Koch of Mendham, New Jersey, and Jenny Orenstein and her husband, Dave of McKinney, Texas; sons, Jeff Koch of San Diego, California and Ted Koch and his wife, Lydia of Kennesaw, Georgia; grandsons, Dr. Brett Goldsmith and his wife, Dr. Lisa Goldsmith of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Scott Goldsmith of San Diego, California, Nick Correia of San Diego, California; granddaughters, Morgan Orenstein of McKinney, Texas, Jenny Goldsmith of San Diego, Lindsey Orenstein of McKinney, Jane Falduto and Kate Falduto, both of Mendham, New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mae Koch, brother, Ed Koch and his wife, Pam. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Saint Gabriel Catholic Church in McKinney, Texas.
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