James Papa Jim Patrick Brennan

August 13, 1941October 21, 2011

James Patrick Brennan, 70, of Chattanooga, passed away Friday, October 21, 2011 in Nashville. A native of St. Louis, he was a resident of Wallingford, CT for 27 years before moving to Chattanooga. He was a graduate of University of Indiana where he received his PhD in Chemistry. He was of the Catholic faith and was a Senior Consulting Scientist with Arch Chemicals for 38 years. He is survived by his wife, Patti Brennan; three sons, Brian and wife Liz, Chris and wife Jana and Jay and fiancé Heather. Papa Jim is also survived by four grandchildren, Katie, Cassie, Erin and Sean; sister, Mary Ann Venegoni. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel. The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the East Brainerd Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 8214 E. Brainerd Road.


  • Funeral Service Monday, October 24, 2011

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David Heumann

November 8, 2011

Dear Mrs. Brennan and family,

I met Jim through the NSF Drinking Water Addities Joint Committee where I also serve. He was a constant source of stimulation to my thinking, and often a brake on some of my wilder ideas. Jim was always trying to focus us on the facts and the practicality of our endeavors. For any idea I had, I could always obtain a frank, informed and realistic assessment from him. This gave me confidence to do more than I might otherwise have attempted. I valued his presence in the committee and task group meetings, but also at dinner discussions on all topics afterwards when we were in Ann Arbor. He was the whole person, and I shall miss him greatly. My thoughts go out to you.

Pat Flaherty

October 28, 2011

Dear Patti, Brian, Chris and Jay,
All of us here at the Alpharetta Innovation Center that had the distinct pleasure of knowing Jim were very saddened to hear of his passing. Many of us go back to the Olin R&D days in New Haven, when we were all just embarking on our careers. As a mere technician in those days, I learned early on that Dr. J. was one of the most talented, supportive, and giving scientist that Olin or anybody else had to offer (and after 35 years in the business, I can say that I've met only a few more people that would fall into that category). Our fondest memories of Jim, naturally, would have to be on (or around) the golf course. Jim had a very deliberate style of play in those early days that drove many of the impatient young pups crazy (ok, I was one of them). But once the Very Big Easy finally finished his round, there was absolutely no one in the club house that could even come close in his ability to tell those entertaining stories. I smile even now just thinking about him. May your memories of Jim also provide you with comfort during this sad time.
Pat Flaherty

October 27, 2011

Dear Patti, Brian, Chris and Jay,
I am sorry for your loss.
I've known Jim for the length of our careers as we started with Olin at around the same time. We shared many a laugh and enjoyed time together on the golf course.
I will remember Jim for his intelligence, quick wit and the laughter he would bring to any gathering.
May fond memories of Jim provide you with comfort.
Gary Schifilliti

Enloe West

October 27, 2011

I will miss jim very much. He treated me the best of anyone I ever worked for. I told him not long ago that he wasn't just a coworker but I considered him a friend and family also. I know I hadn't worked with or known him as long as a lot of people but he left a real mark on my life.It just won't be the same here without him asking me "are we having fun yet?"

Enloe West

Bernard LEROY

October 25, 2011

Dear Mrs Brennan and Family, I was so sad hearing about Jim's passing away. I wish to extend my condolences to you for the loss of Jim. We will miss his ligthening advices and a friendly relationship.
May God welcome Jim's soul in his brigthness for ever!

Rodrigo Ibarra

October 25, 2011

Dear Mrs. Brennan and Family,
My most sincere condolences to all of you. Jim was agreat co-worker and great scientist. I learned a lot from him and admired him.


Rodrigo Ibarra (Arch Mexico)


October 25, 2011

Dear Mrs Brennan and family members. It was really a very bad news for me to read about the passing of Jim last Friday. I had been knowing Jim since my begining for OLIN in 1992 and I had been having a strong respect for him as per both his chemistry knowledge and his personnality. Let me here tell his familly my Deepest Sympathy.
Eric Bouteloup, Arch Chemicals - Amboise - FRANCE


October 25, 2011

All my condolences to Members of Jim's family. Jim was really a wonderful colleague, with always some good advices.
Kindly regards,
Xavier FRANCESCAT - Quality Manager Arch France

Qin Zhang

October 25, 2011

Dear Mrs. Brennan and Family, Jim is a not only a loyalty and good employee of Arch ,but also a very nice and kind elder. I will keep Jim in my mind .
I will remmber his smile forever.

Zhang qin ( Shanghai, China)

Mary Woody

October 24, 2011

Although I did not work directly with Jim (he worked downstairs, I work upstairs) we did have regular interaction. I always found him to be a very kind, considerate person. I know you and your family will miss him very much.

Mary Woody (Arch Chemicals-Charleston, TN)