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Jan-nuizzio to Shore-wood John J. Verbanc, organic chemist for DuPont Co. John J. Verbanc, a leading organic chemist in the area of synthetic rubber research, died Fri day in bt. Francis Hospital. He was 84 and lived in Carrcroft, Brandywine Hundred. After receiving his doctorate in chemistry from the Uni versity of Mr. Verbanc Notre Dame in 1938, Mr. Verbanc became a research chemist in the DuPont Co.'s elastomers chemical division in Deepwater, N.J. He later transferred to the Experimental Station near Wilmington, where he became the research division head for the elastomers division. During his 40-year career, he was involved in the development and production of numerous synthetic rubber products such as Neoprene, Nordel and Ure-thane-Nordel combinations, used in the production of products such as tires, golf balls, heels for shoes and car seats. Mr. Verbanc held nearly 40 patents. After retiring in 1978, he was a consultant for DuPont. Mr. Verbanc was a charter member of St. Helena's and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic churches, where he served on various committees. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Carrcroft Civic Association and was a former finance board member of the United Way of Delaware. His favorite hobby was growing roses, and for many years he participated in the Jackson & ',. Perkins Rose Research Test Panel, growing and evaluating new species of roses prior to their introduction into the market. His wife of 56 years, Margaret K. Verbanc, died Dec. 2. Survivors: sons, John A. and Richard E., both of Wilmington; daughters, Margaret K. Zecca of Telford, Pa., and Susan V. Os-bourn of Wilmington; six grandchildren. Mass: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, St. Helena's Catholic Church, 602 Philadelphia Pike. Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight, Chandler Funeral Home, 2506 Concord Pike, Tal-leyville. Burial: All Saints Cemetery. Contributions: University of Notre Dame Annual Fund, Box 519, Notre Dame, IN 46556.