Albert H. Grimshaw

Albert H. Grimshaw
1884 – ­1949

North Carolina State College, Raleigh


Reproduced from the American Dyestuff Reporter, July 11, 1949, page 539.

Funeral services for Prof. Albert H. Grimshaw, 65, of the Mansion Park Hotel, Raleigh, N.C., who died of a heart ailment at Rex Hospital, Raleigh, Wednesday night, April 20, 1949, were held at Yelverton’s Funeral Home in Raleigh Thursday afternoon, April 21. The Rev. Ray Holder, rector of Christ Church in Raleigh, officiated. Interment was in the North Burial ground in Providence, R. I., Friday afternoon, April 22, at 2:30 p.m.

Undated photo, NCSU Archives







Courtesy American Dyestuff Reporter 1949







A native of Providence, Professor Grimshaw was a member of the faculty in the School of Textiles at State College for 24 years, joining the institution’s staff in 1925. He was head of the Department of Chemistry and Dyeing for many years until his retirement from that position several months ago. He conducted extensive research in the field of textiles and wrote articles for virtually every textile trade journal in the United States (1)

Grimshaw received a BS Textile Chemistry and Dyeing in 1925 and the MS Textiles in 1929 while teaching. “Grimmy” was placed in charge of the Textile Chemistry and Dyeing division in the School of Textiles. He began performing and leading research which he was happy to share with the textile industry as he travelled and gave talks to interested industrialists. (2­6) He handed over the textile chemistry program to Henry A. “Hank” Rutherford in 1947 after serving in that capacity for 22 years.

He was a member of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Institute of Chemists, and a number of honorary societies such asBlue Key, Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Tau Sigma, Delta Kappa Phi, and Gamma Sigma Epsilon. The college chapter of Delta Kappa Phi, the professional textile society, honored Prof. Grimshaw at a dinner last November and presented a large portrait of him to the college. The portrait now (2012) hangs in a conference room in the College of Textiles. In the same room, there is also a copy of a document for one of his relatives in England who came to the US as an indentured apprentice.(1)

Professor Grimshaw was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia University, N.C. State, and the New Bedford, Mass., Textile Institute. He had been in declining health for several months and had been a patient in Rex Hospital suffering from a heart ailment since April 7. (1)

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Bertha Grimshaw; a son, Dr. Austin Grimshaw of the University of Illinois; a sister, Miss Margaret Grimshaw of Somerville, Mass.; two grandchildren; and one great grandchild. (1)


Note: An indenture document for an ancestor, Amos James Grimshaw, hangs in a conference room in the College of Textiles, NC State. See left hand column.



  1. Obituary, American Dyestuff Reporter, July 11, 1949, p 539.
  2. Mock, Gary N.,” A Century of Progress­ The Textile Program, North Carolina State University, 1899­1999″, North Carolina Textile Foundation, Raleigh 2001.
  3. Grimshaw, Albert H., “Methods of Testing Sulphonated Castor Oils for the Determination of Their Fatty Content,” American Dyestuff Reporter, 17, No. 4, March 5, 1928, pages 158­164.
  4. Grimshaw, Albert H., “Some Dyeing and Dyers in the South,” American Dyestuff Reporter, 18, No. 3, January 21, 1929, pages 55­60.
  5. Grimshaw, Albert H., “Starches Used in the Textile School,” American Dyestuff Reporter, 18, No. 5 March 18, 1929, pages 180­186.
  6. Grimshaw, Albert H., “Some Data on Future Teaching of Textile Chemistry Dyeing and Finishing,” Rayon
  7. Textile Monthly, 25, No. 11, November, 1944, page 55.