Paul Edward Torren, 94, died Oct. 7, 2017. He was born in Lincoln, Neb., and was a World War II Army veteran, where he served as an officer and field artillery liaison pilot stationed in Zamboanga, Philippine Islands, and Japan.
He received a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at the University of Minnesota. The majority of his career was spent as a research chemist at 3M. An active citizen, Paul served on numerous state boards and commissions promoting sound environmental policy, stewardship and sustainability principles.
Paul was a partner to his wife and was devoted to their kids, his Episcopal Church, conservation and singing in choirs dedicated to sacred choral music.
Paul is survived by his wife of 35 years, Barbara; children Nancy, John (Hilary), Richard (Rhonda), Shannon (Scott), Jonathan (LeAnne), Stephen (Lisa), Deanna McPheron and James Brown (Joan); seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Oct. 14 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church.