In loving memory of

Roy L. Orvis
August 12, 1934 - January 18, 2023

Roy L. Orvis

ROCHESTER, NY - January 18, 2023 at the age of 88. Roy is predeceased by his parents, Ray & Amanda (Colwell) Orvis; & brother, Ralph Orvis. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marina (Brussee-Amren) Orvis; daughter, Carey Hohensee; son, Mark Orvis; grandchildren, Justine Hohensee & Ryan Hohensee; son-in-law, Paul Hohensee; many nieces, nephews, cousins & dear friends.

Roy's celebration of life will be Thursday, February 16th, 2023, 11 AM at the funeral home, 1411 Vintage Lane (Between 390 & Long Pond Rd.). He will be privately laid to rest in White Haven Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to American Chemical Society, 1155 Sixteenth St., Washington, DC 20036 or to Rochester Accessible Adventures, 2165 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd., Rochester, NY 14623 in Roy's memory.

Roy entered the workforce as a laborer at GW Golden Construction Company and subsequently worked as a Soil Inspector for the Dept. of Highways in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. After working for several years, Roy excelled in the world of higher education, especially Chemistry. After earning his BS in Chemistry from the University of Alberta (1956), he was employed there as a Teaching Assistant (1956-58) as he completed his MS in Organic Chemistry (1958). Roy moved on from the University of Alberta to the University of Wisconsin, where he was an Alumni Research Foundation Fellow (1958-59) and a Teaching and Research Assistant (1958-64). He completed his time at the University of Wisconsin by earning his PhD in Organic Chemistry (1965).

Upon finishing his studies, Roy took a job at Kodak in their Color Photography Division. He spent his first 14 years in the division as a Research Chemist in Kodak's Color Organic Chemistry Laboratory. Here, he focused on the synthesis of couplers and nucleating agents. Roy then became a Staff Assistant in the same division and held this position until his retirement in 1991. He was an active member of the American Chemical Society for 61 years.

Outside of the laboratory, Roy was a devoted family man and avid hobbyist. He enjoyed studying genealogy and traveled extensively with family and friends. He was also passionate about antique cars and even successfully restored the first car he ever owned, a 1953 Chevrolet. Roy will be forever loved and remembered by those he leaves behind.


Wendy (Terry) Causyn wrote on Feb 12, 2023:

"To Mrs. Orvis, Mark, Carey and family: so sorry to hear of Mr. Orvis' passing. May all the cherished memories you have get you through this difficult time. I remember him fondly. Wendy (Terry) Causyn."

Dr John Cook wrote on Feb 12, 2023:

"So sorry to hear the news. I shared a lab with Roy in the 70's. A real gentleman. Dr John Cook, UK"