Anthony F. Castle
September 22, 1916 - December 15, 1997
Anthony F. Castle, 81, of Niles, a musical prodigy, a World War II veteran and a chemical engineer who founded Castle Metal Finishing Corp. in Schiller Park, died Monday in his home after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Castle was born in Chicago and received his degree in chemical engineering from the Armour Institute of Technology, Chicago, in 1936.
He was a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Administrative Corps during World War II, and he served as commanding officer of a detachment aboard the hospital ship USS Hope in the Pacific Theater.
Mr. Castle founded Castle Metal Finishing in 1963 and served as its president. He also was a longtime member of the Chicago Metal Finishers Institute and sat on its board of directors from 1963 to 1968.
In 1972, he received the National Association of Metal Finishers Award of Merit for his contribution as a member of the committee that wrote the pamphlet "The Comparative Merits of Electro-Deposited Cadmium and Zinc" in 1964, and for his sole editorship of the 1971 revision.
He was an active member of the American Electroplaters Society and the American Society for Metals.
Mr. Castle also served on the Chamber of Commerce in Niles and was a former chairman of the suburban Water Pollution Abatement Committee.
He was a prodigy who adeptly played 15 musical instruments, attained the rank of Eagle Scout, was a ranked tennis player, and enjoyed bowling, golf, photography and handball.
"This gentleman always made time for his employees," said Patrick Schlifka, vice president of Castle Metal. "He truly had an open-door policy."
Mr. Castle is survived by his wife, Thelma.
|Army Serial Number||16126688|
|County & State of Residence||Cook County, Illinois|
|Place of Enlistment||Chicago, IL|
|Date of Enlistment||09/29/42|
|Grade||PVT – Private|
|Source of Army Personnel||Civilian Life|
|Year of Birth||1916|
|Education||3 Years of College|
|Civilian Occupation||Chemists, assayers and metallurgists|
|Component of the Army||US Army Voluntary Enlistment|
|Film Reel Number||2.80|