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G. Raymond Rettew

 
 
G. Raymond Rettew Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, May 31, 2008
1. G. Raymond Rettew Marker
Inscription. A West Chester chemist, he pioneered the mass production of penicillin, the world's first antibiotic. In 1943, with Wyeth Laboratories, his lab (a converted auto repair shop here) made & sent more penicillin to the Armed Forces than any other lab in the world, saving countless lives on the battlefields of World War II.
 
Erected 2002 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 39° 57.715′ N, 75° 36.285′ W. Marker is in West Chester, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker is at the intersection of E. Chestnut Street and N. Walnut Street, on the left when traveling west on E. Chestnut Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Chester PA 19380, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Simon Barnard Row (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Woman's Rights Convention of 1852 (about 500 feet away); Site of First School House in West Chester (about 500 feet away); Historic American Structure (about 500 feet away); Site of the First Schoolhouse (about 600 feet away); Historic West Chester, Pennsylvania Building
Repair garage is now a parking garage. image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, May 31, 2008
2. Repair garage is now a parking garage.
(about 600 feet away); William Darlington (about 600 feet away); Bank of Chester County (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in West Chester.
 
Also see . . .
1. Explore PA History - G. Raymond Rettew. (Submitted on December 9, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
2. Chester County Historical Society - P is for Penicillin. (Submitted on December 9, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Penicillin - The Miracle Drug
What is the use of a miracle drug that never emerges from the lab? When World War II created the need for mass-produced penicillin, G. Raymond Rettew of West Chester was the man of the hour.

Rettew made his name in the 1930s producing mushroom spawn. He used this expertise in the quest for a dependable way to produce penicillin. Dr. Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928 but nobody had yet managed to harness this miracle fungus. Many pharmaceutical companies were working on ways to mass produce it. But it was Rettew and his business partner Joseph Strode who joined forces with drug company Wyeth. In June 1943 they delivered their first
G. Raymond Rettew Marker - New Parking Structure image. Click for full size.
By Keith S Smith, February 9, 2012
3. G. Raymond Rettew Marker - New Parking Structure
This Marker was only recently reinstalled here. The Parking garage that had stood on this block for 30 years was torn down. During the razing of the old, and the construction of the new garage this marker was placed in safe storage.
penicillin batch to the government.
    — Submitted December 9, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

 
Categories. 20th CenturyMilitaryNotable EventsNotable PersonsScience & MedicineWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,257 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3. submitted on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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