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William Comstock
(1860-1922)

William James Comstock was born in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio on June 15, 1860, the son of Quaker parents Lydia Ladd Watkins and James Muzzy Comstock, a merchant. He attended Williston Seminary in Easthampton, Massachusetts, and then enrolled at Yale where he earned his Ph.B, in 1879. He remained at Yale for two years after graduation, one year as a graduate student and another as an assistant in analytical chemistry.

In 1881 he went to Baltimore as a Fellow in Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University, and applied for a passport to travel through England and Germany. He continued his studies abroad in 1882-1887, chiefly at Munich. He was an instructor in organic chemistry at Yale in 1888-1893, and again in 1896-1917, then during the war served as a chemist for the Council of National Defense in Washington. He married Mary King Bunce in 1895, and together they had four children: Mary (1896), Margaret (1898), Francis (1900) and Stephen (1903).

By 1920 he had retired, perhaps due to illness. He died (sarcoma) on January 24, 1922, and is buried in New Haven, Connecticut.

Reference:
Obituary Record of Yale Graduates,1921-1922. (1922) Yale, New Haven.
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