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Arthur O. Willey (1902-1992)

Arthur Osgood Willey (B.S. mechanical engineering ’24, M.S. ’29, honorary Eng. D. ’60) was a professor at the University of Maine for several years and was an instructor at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1929 to 1940, eventually becoming an associate professor.

After leaving Case, he became the director of research at the Lubrizol Corporation, studying the principles involved in the lubrication of geared mechanisms. He became president and chief executive officer of Lubrizol in 1962, and chairman of the board in 1966. Lubrizol grew to become an internationally recognized authority in the field of lubricant additives during the years Willey was involved. He was also a consultant for the U.S. Department of National Defense, as well as an advisor of chemical plant operations in Canada and several other foreign countries.

Willey was born in Madison, Maine. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1924, and his master’s degree in engineering in 1929, both from the University of Maine. He was a member of Theta Chi fraternity.

The University of Maine awarded Arthur Willey an honorary doctorate in engineering in 1960. He was nominated for the Alumni Career Award several times, and received the Black Bear Award in 1967.  He established the Arthur O. Willey Professorship in mechanical engineering, as well as student scholarships. He was a substantial benefactor to the University of Maine.


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