Y. Stephen Yamamoto
12250 82nd Lane N
West Palm Beach, FL 33412
Since graduating from UW-Madison with a BS in chemistry and Penn State
with a PhD in the same field, Iíve gone on to try just about everything.
I began as a research chemist for Eastman Kodak company, then decided on
the ivory towers of academia and went to Rochester Institute of Technology
(RIT) as an associate professor of chemistry and director of the co-op
program for the College of Science.
After a record snowfall hit upstate NY, I moved to Florida as senior
editor of Ullmannís Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, a publication of
the German Chemical Society. The job allowed me to travel extensively in
Europe as well as enjoy the Florida sunshine. Unfortunately the company
didnít sell enough encyclopedias, so moved the entire operation to
Germany. I moved to Delaware and the DuPont Company, where I worked on
chemical databases, scientific publications, patents, and eventually the
In 2003 I took early retirement and returned to S. Florida, where I
purchased an acre of fruit trees and coconuts in West Palm Beach. Iíve had
odd jobs at various tennis clubs managing the pro shops and teaching
juniors and also as adjunct professor of chemistry at community colleges
in Broward and Palm Beach counties. But mostly Iíve been tending the
garden and some investment properties as well as relaxing on the beach and
Last year I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had surgery at Johns
Hopkins in Feb. I have since been considering turning my backyard into a
Japanese healing garden and opening it to cancer patients as a place to
come for peace and meditation.
My son, Michael, graduated from RIT with a degree in computer networking
and has been working in the Boston area.
While in Madison, I played with the Madison Scouts drum & bugle corp, so
itís nice they scheduled a reunion at the same time as the class of í61.