John Wettaw

Chemistry professor at Northern Arizona University and an Arizona politician John F. Wettaw was born on April 17, 1939, in St. Louis, Missouri and died on December 16, 2018.

Wettaw graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a B.A. in chemistry in 1961 and obtained his Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1967 from Michigan State University.

He was a teacher of chemistry for 47 years at NAU’s department of chemistry, while simultaneously serving 28 years in the Arizona Legislature.

John Wettaw holds the record for the most consecutive years served in the Arizona legislature by a Republican.

He resided in Flagstaff, Arizona.

John Wettaw served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 1972 to 1992 and in the Arizona Senate from 1993 until retiring in 2001.

During 1999, NAU dedicated their biochemistry building to him.

John Wettaw retired from NAU in 2014.

He passed away at 79 years old.


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