Dr. Atchison was born in Barnum, W. Va. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering, from Louisiana State University in 1938 and an M.S. and a PhD in pulp and paper technology, in 1940 and 1942 respectively, from The Institute of Paper Chemistry, in Appleton, Wisc. During World War II he served in the Pacific theaters where he received a Bronze Star. He retired as a Lt. Colonel.
After the war, he went on to become chief of the pulp and paper branch of the Marshall Plan and VP for pulp and paper projects at Parsons & Whittemore Inc., a Rye Brook based paper company. He opened Joseph E. Atchison Consultants, Inc. in Larchmont in 1967. He had been very active in the TAPPI, having organized the TAPPI Non-wood Plant Fibers Committee in 1970 and heading the Committee for the first 12 years. He was a member of the Larchmont Shore Club for 40 years.
Dr. Atchison is survived by his wife, Betty Jean Atchison; daughter, Leah (Al) Keuroghlian; and son, Robert J. Cullen. He was predeceased by his sons, Kevin Cullen and Scott Atchison.
Calling hours are Thursday, March 20 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the John J. Fox Funeral Home, Inc., in Larchmont. Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 21 at Larchmont Avenue Presbyterian Church in Larchmont. Interment at Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla.
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