Paul Edward Pittman, age 61, was born in Parsons, West Virginia on September 23, 1955 to parents Charles E. Pittman and E. June Rudd, and died in Austin, Texas on January 8, 2017. As a small child, he became fascinated by chemistry and its study was his lifelong pursuit. In his early teens, Mr. Pittman sustained disabling injuries in an accident, and had a long recovery. Resuming his studies after recovery, he earned a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in the early 1980s, followed by post-graduate study in Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He then moved to Austin, Texas where he continued his studies focusing on bio-fuels, and ultimately turning to bio-chemical feedback dynamics involved in climate change. (A link to a recent paper that he wrote is available by clicking the multimedia button, above.)
Mr. Pittman is survived by his mother E June Rudd; father Charles E. Pittman (Elaine); sister Glenda L. Pittman (Robert), nephew Yarrow P. MacDonald and niece Katherine P. MacDonald; and step-brother Christopher Piazza (Lynna); as well as aunts and uncles and numerous cousins.
We will miss his extraordinarily kind heart, his generosity and compassion, his astute wit and unmatchable sense of humor, his commitment to truth and facts, and his gentle, sturdy strength.
A Memorial Service to celebrate Mr. Pittman's life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, at 3125 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78705.
In reflection of his interest in exploring environmental sustainability, in lieu of sending flowers, those who wish to may contribute to the Rainforest Partnership, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council or other environmental organizations working toward sustainable means of powering our civilization.
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