Warren R. Biggerstaff, a retired professor of organic chemistry, has died at age 82.
Biggerstaff, who died Wednesday in Ventura after a brief illness, was born on May 2, 1918, in Folsom, N.M., to Walter S. and Matilda Biggerstaff. He moved with his family to Winters, N.M., then to Esparto, Calif., and they later settled in Salem, Ore., where he graduated from high school and college.
Biggerstaff received a bachelor's degree from Willamette University in Salem and a master's degree from Oregon State University in Corvallis.
He went on to the University of Wisconsin in Madison and met Evelyn Zahradnik. They were married in 1942.
His graduate studies were interrupted by World War II, during which he served in the Army as a medical laboratory technician in Camp Bowie, Texas.
He resumed his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin after the war and received a doctoral degree in organic chemistry. He was hired by Fresno State University and taught for the next 34 years. He held various administrative positions, including department chairman and associate dean. His research and scientific publications centered around his specialty in the organic chemistry application of human cancer research.