Bruce McDuffie, former chemistry professor, dies

Bruce McDuffie, 93, died Sept. 12, 2014. He earned his PhD from Princeton University and taught analytical chemistry at Emory University and Washington and Jefferson College before joining the faculty at Binghamton University in 1958.

McDuffie made international headlines in 1970 when, testing a can of tuna from his wife’s kitchen, he discovered high levels of methyl mercury in tuna fish and, subsequently, in swordfish. He remained very active in environmental studies and chemistry until his retirement from teaching at Binghamton in 1988, and relocated to Chattanooga, Tenn. in 1990.