Inventor of aerosol hair mousse passes away

Written on: April 13, 2023 by SprayTM


Timothy Padden, of Racine, WI, passed away on March 26 at the age of 76. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Saint Mary’s University in Winona, MN, he moved to Racine and enjoyed a 32-year career at S.C. Johnson & Son. He was the lead formulator for many personal care, air care and home cleaner products, specializing in aerosols, surfactants, polymeric films and other technologies. He was granted five U.S. patents and was recognized with many awards. 

His most notable accomplishments were the invention of hair mousse and a peer-reviewed publication on the microscopic composition of dirt, which earned him the nickname “Dr. Dirt”.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Lucy Catholic Church (Racine, WI) on July 14; donations may be made in Padden’s memory to the Sustain Our Great Lakes Program of the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) at or by mail at 1133 15th St. NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20005.

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