Jim Brennan, a senior consulting scientist with Arch Chemicals,
died on Oct. 21 in Nashville. He was 70.
“He was truly one of the clear geniuses of the
organization,” said John Puetz, director of technology at
Arch. “Jim was absolutely brilliant, but never flaunted it.
His interests were never self-seeking. They were always for the
betterment of the industry.”
Born in St. Louis on Aug. 13, 1941, Brennan received
Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in chemistry from Saint
Louis University, and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Indiana
University — Bloomington in 1973. That same year, he moved to
Connecticut, where he began a 38-year career with Olin Industries,
which later became Arch Chemicals. He relocated to Chattanooga,
Tenn., in 2000.
During the late 1970s and early ’80s, Brennan chaired
NSPI’s Chemical Treatment and Process Committee (the
precursor to APSP’s Recreational Water Quality Committee).
Under his guidance, the committee provided the first chemical
standards guidelines for the industry. He also was a member
of NSPI’s Technical Council (now APSP’s Technical
Committee) and served on a variety of National Sanitation
Besides his reputation for meticulous research, Brennan had a
lighter side as well — he enjoyed golfing, listening to his
iPod and playing country western music on his guitar.
Funeral services were held on Oct. 24 in Chattanooga. Brennan is
survived by his wife, Patti, three sons and four grandchildren.