We are sad to report that retired Chemistry professor Neil J. Asting and his wife, Karen Asting, have died as the result of a plane crash.
The Astings, who lived in Monument, Colo., were returning from an Easter trip in Oklahoma on their single-engine Mooney on Monday, April 1. The plane crashed shortly after, northwest of Guyman, Okla., and was found on Wednesday, April 3, by another pilot.
Asting completed his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at the University of Rhode Island and joined the IUP faculty in 1977. He taught several inorganic and physical chemistry classes, and served as the chair of the Department from 1987–1992. He was actively involved in APSCUF, and served as president of the IUP-APSCUF chapter.
After his retirement in 2004, Asting became involved in many activities, including scuba diving, photography, and flying. He and his wife relocated to Colorado from Indiana (Pa.) a few years ago.
Department of Chemistry