In memory of
Herman Zieger, 84 Longtime Staten Island resident, organic chemistry professor Herman Zieger, resident of Staten Island since 1965, died Aug. 23, 2019, at Barclay Friends assisted living facility in West Chester, Pa., where he moved after a fall at his home in Castleton Corners in early June. Born on May 17, 1935, Herman was the beloved husband of Nancy, who passed away in 2007. He was the cherished son of Margaret and Wilbur Zieger of Philadelphia. He is survived by three children, Elaine Hayes, Richard Zieger, and Susan Zieger; five grandchildren, Timothy Hayes, Peter Hayes, Paul Hayes, William Zieger, and Thomas Zieger; a sister, Margaret Kinkead; a brother, Paul Zieger; and a sister-in-law, Lois Jones. Herman received his Ph.D. in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University in 1960, married, and took up a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Nobel Prize winner Georg Wittig in Marburg, Germany. He returned to take a position as an assistant professor at Brooklyn College, and after short residences in Queens and Brooklyn, the family moved to Staten Island in 1965. He taught organic chemistry, a required course for pre-medical school students, training many New York City area physicians before his retirement in 2003. Herman was a Gold Life Master in Duplicate Bridge, and an enthusiastic long-term member of Staten Island Bridge Club. He was also a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Great Kills, where he served on committees, taught Sunday School, and in recent years, sang in the choir. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 14 at Christ Lutheran Church, 121 Cleveland Ave., Staten Island, 10308. Memorial contributions can be made to Barclay Friends, 700 N. Franklin St., West Chester, PA 19380.
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