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UD researcher with more than 130 patents dies at 100 years old

A prominent University of Dayton researcher and retired Army Air Force sergeant has died.

Ival Salyer, 100, died Oct. 15, according to his obituary. A memorial service is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Buford, Georgia.

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Salyer had more than 130 patents, the last of which was granted on Nov. 24, 2015 when Salyer was 98-years-old.

Salyer joined the U.S. Army Air Forces in July 1942 and his duties were to service and repair automatic pilot equipment and bombsights, according to his obituary. He was discharged as a sergeant in 1945 in Dayton and he and his wife Jane Salyer, to whom he was married for 61 years, made the Gem City their home.

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Salyer worked at the Monsanto Research Corp. and at the University of Dayton Research Institute. While at UDRI, he worked as a senior research scientist and helped to create a fire extinguishing foam in 1990.

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Salyer retired just before his 90th birthday but still kept pursuing ideas and patents from his home in Flowery Branch, Georgia, according to his obituary. Lloyd Huff, a retired UDRI employee, worked with Salyer through UDRI’s director’s office for at least 20 years.

“Ival was a remarkable man who lived a remarkable life,” Huff said. “He certainly was one of the most creative and most ingenious men that I’ve ever known.”

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