Carol Ann Darline Litchfield

October 10, 1936April 2, 2012

Carol Ann Darline Litchfield (nee Ross) passed from this life on April 3, 2012. She was the daughter of the late Donald and Melba Ross of Cincinnati, Ohio and the widow of the late Dr. Charles Carter Litchfield. She is survived by her cousins David Ross; Dennis Ross; Linda Ross; Paul Ross; Pam Skoczen; Ronnie Ross; Kent Ross; Kris Jackson; Renee Hendrickson (deceased); Randy Ross; Nancy Trexler; and Bill Faust.

Professor Litchfield graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1960 with an M.S. in Biochemistry. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 1969 with a PhD in Organic Biochemistry. She also worked at Texas A&M for several years as a research scientist. She served on the faculty of Rutgers University from 1970 to 1980 in the Dept of Microbiology. From 1980 to 1990 she worked for DuPont Company in several positions including Senior Environmental Scientist. Beginning in 1993 she joined the George Mason University faculty as Associate Professor in their Dept. of Biology and later in the Dept. of Environmental Science & Policy. From 2005 to the present, she was Research Professor for that Department

Throughout her long career Professor Litchfield served on many professional and government panels and committees including, from 1985 to 1989, the New Jersey Governor’s Panel on Coastal Waters and in 1989 on the Environmental Biotechnology Working Group of the U.S. Dept. of Energy and the Technical Advisory Committee of the UCLA Engineering Center.

She was a member of numerous professional societies and served as President of the Society for Industrial Microbiology (SIM) from 2007 to 2008. That organization presented her in 2012 with their Charles Porter Award for her achievements in applied microbiology and her exceptional service and dedication to SIM. Professor Litchfield will be cremated, and a memorial service will be held on May 27, 2012 at 3:00 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Boulevard. Officiating will be Rev. Michael McGee and Rev. Randy Ross.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Professor Litchfield’s name to the American Cancer Society, 901 E Street, NW, #500, Washington, DC 20004, 202-661-5700 or the Arlington Food Assistance Center, 2708 South Nelson Street, Arlington, VA 22206, 703-845-8486.


  • Memorial Service Sunday, May 27, 2012

Carol Ann Darline Litchfield

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Diana Bouchard

May 1, 2012

I served with Carol on the governing board of the Society for Industrial Archeology and saw her many times in the course of that organization's meetings and tours. I cannot imagine a more dignified or professional human being. She had a warm heart and a clear sharp mind and never wavered from her convictions. What a shock to lose her!

Diana Bouchard, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Gene Nelson

April 11, 2012

Carol's grace and dignity as she faced her final diagnosis in mid-February 2012 is inspirational. She was a personification of the spirit of the late Randy Pausch, who recently co-wrote The Last Lecture with Jeffrey Zaslow. I miss her friendship. The many ways that she touched me will live on in my memory.

Pat Bodnar

April 11, 2012

Carol was a gracious, caring friend to those of us fortunate enough to know her. She was a role model to her students and a positive force in the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

Alexandra Roth

April 10, 2012

Carol was a lovely, kind and generous person and I was lucky enough, in the few years we knew each other at the Unitarian Universalist church, to be the beneficiary of her wonderful warmth.