Burleigh M. Hutchins Jr, 74
Burleigh Maurice Hutchins, Jr., 74, of Uxbridge, MA, died peacefully on November 15, 2013 at Lydia Taft House, with loved ones by his side.
Born on January 11, 1939 in Crossett, AK, he was the son of Burleigh M. and Lois (Wilcoxson) Hutchins Sr.
Husband of Lorraine M. (Marino) Hutchins, he received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maine in 1961.
His career started as a Manufacturing Engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corporation and later for the Foxboro Company. It was at the Foxboro Company that his interest in analytical systems and instrumentation was initiated. He then served as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Waters Associates, where he led the development of the first commercially successful HPLC systems, along with the development efforts of many related product extensions and subsequent technology generations. Much of that core technology is still in use today throughout the chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Burleigh went on to co-found and serve as Chief Technology Officer at Zymark Corporation, where he led the R&D efforts that resulted in the development of a wide range of laboratory automation products including many that are used throughout the pharmaceutical drug discovery and drug development industries. Burleigh assisted with the startup of several new companies. At one of them, SMSI, he finished the development of the electro-mechanical hardware and software which became approved medical devices. Most recently, he served as Chief Technology Officer at MicroCal and was co-founder of AVIA Biosystems. He was a life-long aviation and boating enthusiast who enjoyed exploring the small airports and the waterways of New England.
In addition to his wife of 10 years, he is survived by his two children, Burleigh M. Hutchins III of Upton MA, and Rebecca L. Hutchins of Bellingham, WA, his brother Dexter Hutchins of NJ, his sister Julia Hutchins of PA, and his step children, Cheryl-Lee Barthelmes and her husband Michael, of Syracuse, NY, Robin Gonya and her husband Michael, of Uxbridge MA, John Cafarella and his wife Allison, of AZ and Kim Marinelli of RI.
A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at the Consigli-Ruggerio Funeral Home, 46 Water Street, Milford, at 12 Noon.
Visiting hours will be held from 9 - 11:30AM, prior to the Service. Burial will take place at a later date, convenient to the family.