Myrtle Clarie

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Myrtle Claire was born in Orange, Massachusetts back in 1908.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Middlebury College in 1930.  After graduation, she taught high school science and athletics in South Hadley Falls, Massachusetts.  She continued her education with a Master of Education degree from Boston University.

In 1942, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) at its Springfield, Massachusetts headquarters.  She was assigned to Company “D” of the Manhattan District, United States Army Corps of Engineers. 

Her mission was to lead a group of 15 to 20 women from Des Moines, Iowa to Fort Sill, Oklahoma and onto Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Her destination was Los Alamos, New Mexico arriving there in 1943.  She was responsible for the analysis of the spectroscopy of uranium isotopes.  Her project was a crucial task as it was necessary to ensure the purity of thee sub-critical material thus insuring the nuclear explosion.

After the war, she became a research chemist at the University of Chicago.  She also developed methods for the purification of the rare elements of tellurium and indium (whatever that is).  One final note about Myrtle Claire Bachelder, NASA asked her to analyze the chemistry of Moon rocks during the Apollo missions from 1969 to 1972.  She retired in 1971 and died in Chicago in 1997.  Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Myrtle was indeed an unheralded chemist with a large contribution. Thanks! Enjoy your day and don't eat too much rich food in New York!

Jun 14, 2017 04:27 AM #1
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you, James, for sharing this interesting story.

I hope you are having an outstanding week.

Jun 14, 2017 04:37 AM #2
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Interesting background for Myrtle.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 14, 2017 04:42 AM #3
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

Sounds like a well-accomplished woman. Have a great day!

Jun 14, 2017 05:00 AM #4
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  So many folks that we have never heard of that had such an incredible impact on our recent history.

Jun 14, 2017 05:22 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, James... well, I have no real comprehension of what Myrtle really did... but it sounds truly amazing. And clearly, she was an amazing woman!

Jun 14, 2017 05:30 AM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Quite the accomplished woman who was present at big moments in history.

Jun 14, 2017 06:36 AM #7
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Even when you are on vacation you teach us our history lesson each day James Dray. Hope you are having fun! 

Jun 14, 2017 06:47 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. This is a great read and an incredible woman.

Jun 14, 2017 08:28 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a fun thing to know how to analyze rocks.  Ron took a geology class, and will often point rocks to me.  I like them for their colors. A

Jun 14, 2017 10:37 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- while what she did zipped over my head, I still marvel at what she did!

Jun 14, 2017 06:22 PM #11
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

What puzzles me, James Dray, is that she was very educated and seemingly doing very interesting work, why she retired so young...early sixties?!?

Jun 17, 2017 11:07 PM #12
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

That is more science than I want to comprehend but it's a fascinating read. Truly a pioneer in Chemistry

Jun 22, 2017 08:36 AM #13
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