Arthur LaVerne Sackett has died aged 85 in Omaha, Nebraska, on 4 August 2017.
Arthur was born in Omaha and lived there and in Lincoln, Nebraska, for most of his life. He served for many years in the U.S. Marine Corps.
One of Arthur's daughters is the astronomer and astrophysicist Dr Penny Sackett, sometime chief scientist of Australia.
Oldest first bride
Martha Ilah Sackett (1896–1987) was 85 when she married 82-year-old
Robert Henderson in Washington, Kansas, in 1981. Officiating was her
nephew, the Revd Robert Molby, member #579 of the Sackett Family
Augustine Sackett (1841–1914) was the inventor of drywall, which he patented in 1894 as Sackett Board. It is used today to clad walls and ceilings in virtually all new buildings.
He has been inducted in 2017 into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, which recognizes individual inventors for major technological advances. He is the most recent of just 547 inventors so far honored.
Augustine described himself, rather modestly, in the 1900 census as a paper manufacturer, and in 1910 as a manufacturer of linings—little realizing that his product would come to be installed in 97% of new homes, and become a $3billion a year industry.