About the Sidney Lauren Learning Center

David and Barbara Lauren, Sidney Lauren's children, at the grand opening of the Sidney Lauren Learning Center located in the Polymer Science Research Center on the University of Southern Mississippi Campus

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"I believe I should live with a sense of awareness that my days are numbered; that one day, I will lose my ability to redress any wrongs I may have committed; that if I do not behave with honesty, kindness, consideration and courtesy today, I may not be here tomorrow to make amends for my behaviour"

-Sid Lauren




The School of Polymers to Honor Coatings Industry Leader with New Center

The University of Southern Mississippi School of Polymers and High Performance Materials will honor and memorialize the late Sidney Lauren, a leader in the coatings industry, on Friday Sept. 23 with the dedication of the Sidney Lauren Memorial Learning Center. The Center is made possible by a generous donation from the Coatings Industry Education Foundation (CIEF).Lauren, who died July 13, 2010 at his home in Nashua, N.H., served as executive director of the Coatings Research Group (CRGI) from 1972-1985. He began his career in the industry with the C.J. Osborn Co. and then joined the Johns-Manville Corporation in 1954. He worked briefly with Reichhold Chemicals, but returned to Johns-Manville for another decade, serving as chief of its Finishing section. After retiring from CRGI, he worked with the California Products Corporation. An adjunct professor of chemical engineering at Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, N.Y., he devoted many years to the CIEF. He held longtime memberships with the Federation of Societies for Coatings Technology and the American Chemical Society, among other industry-related associations. His honors from the industry include the NCPA Heckel Award, the FSCT PaVaC Award and he was selected as a Mattiello Memorial Lecturer for FSCT. The Sidney Lauren Memorial Learning Center will include:

  • The Sidney Lauren Learning Center, located in the coatings lab Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance Materials

  • An online learning center – www.laurenlearningcenter.com – where students can access lectures, resources, patents and more.

  • A physical learning center with a state-of-the-art touch screen computer system located in the coatings lab for students to use, and a library/archive of coatings related materials and information

For more information on this event or the Sidney Lauren Memorial Learning Center, contact 601.266.5618 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



About The University of Southern Mississippi

The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities.In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at http://www.usm.edu/polymer