NEW TRIPOLI, PA - Mario E. Navarro, 66, of New Tripoli, PA, died July 14, 2011. For the last 10 years, Navarro worked as Manager of Research and Development for Atlas Mineral and Chemicals, Mertztown, PA.  

Prior to working for Atlas Mineral and Chemicals, Navarro worked for International Protective Coatings (IPC) where he helped with the development of Firestop acrylic, silicone, urethane and putty compounds. 

Navarro’s knowledge of chemistry was very diversified and helped in developing new and innovative products for the Firestop industry, for which he holds several patents. In 2000, Grace Construction acquired IPC, at which time Navarro left and joined Atlas Mineral and Chemicals. 

Navarro had been a very active member of the Philadelphia Society for Coatings Technology Inc. He served on many committees, as well as being a Past President.