In Memorium: Dan Antion



It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Daniel J. Antion. Dan died Sunday March 23, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.

The funeral will be at Dunbar Funeral Home on Devine Street in Columbia, SC on Thursday March 27.  There will be a visitation from 10:30-11:15 a.m. prior to the funeral service at 11:30 a.m.  The burial will follow at Ft. Jackson Military cemetery.  There will also be a visitaton on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 at Dunbar.

Born in Carnegie, PA in 1935 and following high school, Dan served in the United States Army.  Going on to college he received his BA in chemistry with a minor in math from Washington and Jefferson College, his MS from the University of Washington in Seattle, and his PhD from the University of South Carolina.  After a brief career in industry he returned to USC in 1963 where he served as Associate Dean in the College of Science and Mathematics, as Associate Provost, and lastly as the Associate Director of Technology Transfer before retiring in 2000.

Dan served the South Carolina Section for many years in many capacities.  He was currently serving as past chair.  He chaired the section in 1983-84, 89-90, and 2013. He served as Secretary-Treasurer 1975-82 and again 2002-2009.  He was an alternate councilor 1992-99 and again 2010-2012.  He served as a councilor 2000-2001.  The High School Teacher of the Year Award was renamed in his honor in 2005 in recognition for his many years of efforts in promoting and enhancing the professional development opportunities for teachers.  He received the Distinguished Service Award of the South Carolina Section twice, 1979 and 2002. In 2011 he was named an ACS Fellow.  

He was a founder of both the South Carolina Association of Chemistry Teachers and the South Carolina Science Council. A member of Sigma Xi, he served as president of USC Chapter in 1983. He twice served as president of the South Carolina Academy of Science (1980 and 1998) and was a Distinguished Life Member.

Dan was the PI on grants to enhance science education that totaled over $3.2 million.

He received many awards.  In 1995 he was the recipient of the Governor's Award for Excellence in Science Awareness given by the South Carolina Academy of Science.  In 1998 he was given the Helms Citation for "Excellence in Science" by the South Carolina Science Council. The John Mitchener Award for Exemplary Service by the South Carolina Junior Academy of Science was awarded to him in 1999. 

Memorials may be made to the Multiple Myeloma  Research Foundation.