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John C. Haas, 92, Pa. philanthropist

Associated Press / April 6, 2011

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VILLANOVA, Pa. — John C. Haas, a former chairman of global chemical company Rohm and Haas who was known for his charitable work, died Saturday in his family home. He was 92.

The son of company cofounder Otto Haas, he started with Rohm and Haas as a process engineer in Philadelphia in 1942. He became a vice president in 1953 and served as board chairman from 1974 to 1978.

Mr. Haas was named chairman of his parents’ charitable foundation in 1960, now known as the William Penn Foundation. He oversaw its growth over the next three decades.

He served as president of the Greater Philadelphia United Way and was active with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia and with other civic organizations, the company’s website said.