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ROHM AND HAAS REPORTS DEATH OF FORMER CEO: DR. F. OTTO HAAS SERVED COMPANY FOR 44 YEARS

 PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. F. Otto Haas, retired president and chief executive officer of Rohm and Haas Company (NYSE: ROH), died Sunday, Jan. 2, at his home in Ambler, Pa., after a period of illness.
 Dr. Haas joined the company in 1940 after earning his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He saw military service with the U.S. Navy from 1941 to 1946; he then returned to the company and remained active until he retired from the board of directors in 1984.
 Rohm and Haas Chairman J. Lawrence Wilson said the company has lost a friend and a man of strong principle who was the architect of the modern company. "Fate put the future of the company in Dr. Haas's hands in 1960 upon the death of his father and Rohm and Haas founder," Wilson said. "Although schooled as a scientist, Dr. Haas recognized his more compelling challenge was to devise a new management structure for the company. He knew intuitively that the entrepreneurial style of his father would need to change to a more decentralized and modern management approach.
 "During his tenure as chief executive officer (1960-1970), Dr. Haas skillfully led Rohm and Haas through the transition to a contemporary organization with a professional management team. The successful global enterprise of today is a tribute to the leadership he provided during his long career," Wilson added.
 F. Otto Haas
 Personal Information
 Date of Birth: March 9, 1915
Education: B.A.- Chemistry, Amherst College
 Amherst, Mass. (1936)
 Ph.D.- Chemistry, Princeton University
 Princeton, N.J. (1939)
 Honorary degrees from:
 University of Pennsylvania
 Ottawa University
 St. Joseph's University
 Hahnemann University


Military Service: 1941-1946 - WWII - USNR
 Married: Dorothy (deceased)
 Children: Date Of Birth
 Martha Ellen (Molly) 5/9/47 (deceased)
 John Otto 3/7/49
 William David 3/31/51
 Thomas Willaman 6/21/55
 8 Grandchildren
 Married: Carole Fenimore Haas and her children
 W. Mitchell Fenimore, III
 Scott Fenimore
 Brother: John Charles Haas
 F. Otto Haas
 Work History
 Former Chief Executive;
 Retired Member of the Board of Directors
 Rohm and Haas Company
 Work History:
 1940 Began work for Rohm and Haas in the acrylic research
 laboratory in Bridesburg section of Philadelphia
 1941-46 Military Service -- U.S. Navy Officer
 1946 Elected to the Board of Directors
 1953 Named Executive Vice President
 1959 On Dec. 31, 1959, elected President and Chief Executive
 Officer of the company; also named Chairman of the
 Executive Committee of the Board of Directors
 1970 Became Chairman of the Board of Directors; relinquished
 the President and CEO title to Vincent L. Gregory Jr.
 1974 Relinquished the Chairman position to his brother, John
 Haas. Dr. Haas was elected Vice Chairman of the
 company
 1975 Retired from active employment
 1978 Relinquished the Vice Chairman title to John Haas;
 Dr. Haas remained a Director
 1984 Retired from the Board of Directors
 F. Otto Haas
 Partial List of Community Involvement
 As of July 1992:
 Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association Insurance Company
 (chairman of the board of governors)
 Concerto Soloists
 (chairman)
 Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
 (director)
 The Wildlife Preservation Trust International
 (director)
 Clivedon Council of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
 (member)
 American Philosophical Society
 (member)
 As of May 1990:
 German Society of Pennsylvania
 (board member)
 Melanie Stewart Dance Company
 (director)
 Mozart on the Square
 (director)
 Philadelphia Historic Preservation Corporation
 (director)
 Philadelphia Park Ranger Corps
 (chairman)
 Preservation Fund of Pennsylvania
 (director)
 Walnut Street Theater
 (president)
 William Penn Foundation
 (retired long-term vice chairman)
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 /CONTACT: Laura L. Hadden of Rohm and Haas, 215-592-3054, or at home, 215-296-3783/
 (ROH)


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