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INDUSTRY FACES


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has recently hired Jon Mapp for technical support training.


The Accuride


Corp. announced William Lasky is stepping down as Chairman of the Board of Directors. John Risner was elected as the new chairman.


Jon Mapp Linda Lucas was announced as a


University of Alabama at Birming- ham board provost. Lucas holds mul- tiple appointments, including one in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.


Wade Sjogren, president of sand


producer Whibco Inc., Bridgeton, N.J., was elected Chairman of the National Industrial Sand Association (NISA).


Te NanoSteel Co., Providence,


R.I., announced Herbert Fastert and Peter Southwick have joined the company’s board of advisors.


Te Advanced Casting Research OBITUARIES On Feb. 10, Nick Wukovich,


Cleveland, passed away at the age of 83. He received a bachelor’s of science degree in metallurgical engineering in 1951 from the Case Institute of Tech- nology, Cleveland, and his profession- al engineering license from the state of Ohio in 1952. Wukovich joined AFS in 1955 and received a Service Citation in 1986 for 30 years of dedi- cation and service as a foundryman and technical services representative to the industry, AFS chapters and the Steel Division of AFS.


On April 9, Burton Bevis passed


away at the age of 93. Bevis began his life-long metalcasting career in 1936 with an apprenticeship with Caterpillar, Peoria, Ill. He spent the next 47 years with the company, working in educa- tion, training and foundry management. Bevis was a long-time AFS member, serving as chairman for the Central Il- linois Chapter. He was awarded an AFS Service Citation in 1962.


Edgar Hopkins passed away on David Weiss Fred Major


Center awarded David Weiss, Eck Industries, its 2012 Merton C. Flem- ings Award and Fred Major, Rio Tinto Alcan, its 2012 Ray H. Witt Award for their achievements and contributions to the aluminum casting industry.


Management Science Associ-


ates Inc.’s Metals and Advanced Manufacturing Division announced industry veteran Stan Staron will provide consulting services to MSA’s Blending Optimization Software Suite clients.


16 | MODERN CASTING September 2012


April 9, at the age of 73. Hopkins began working as a lab technician for McWane Cast Iron Pipe Co., Bir- mingham, Ala., and later as a metallur- gist and plant manager for John Blue Co., Madison, Ala. He then moved on to sales manager, becoming director of technical services for ABC Coke, Birmingham. He started his own com- pany, Edgar J. Hopkins Consulting, in 2002. He gave numerous talks, wrote many papers, was a frequent CMI Instructor and actively participated in the AFS Piedmont Chapter.


At the age of 85, Ervin Rogowski,


Milwaukee, Wis., passed away on April 19. Rogowski founded Regent Die and Tool Company Inc., Milwaukee, Wis., in 1951 and created A&E Casting, Cleaning and Grinding, Oak Creek, Wis., in 2001.


Vincent Protano, New Jersey, passed


away May 6 at the age of 88. Protano held a variety of senior level positions in engineering and manufacturing, as owned his own machine shop and


Kent Smith, Houston, passed away


on May 27 at the age of 60. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree from Tulane University, New Orleans, and began his work in the industry with his father’s business, Joe H. Smith Co., Cypress, Texas. Smith worked with his father for 35 years as a salesman. He was a long-time AFS member and chairman of the Texas Chapter from 1998-1999, winning the chap- ter’s excellence award in 2005 and the Gordon Killman Memorial award in 2008. He was also involved with the Texas Cast Metals Association and the Foundry Educational Foundation.


On June 3, George Di Sylvestro,


Chicago, passed away at the age of 88. Di Sylvestro began his metalcasting career at Burnside Steel Foundry Co., Chicago, in 1941. He worked there for 16 years before joining the American Colloid Company as the director of foundry research. Di Sylvestro was soon promoted to director of foundry service, then to sales manager of metalcasting facility products and to manager of technical services in 1971. He was a long-time AFS member, joining in 1941, and was active in the Chicago Chapter, serving as director and sitting on various committees. Di Sylvestro received the AFS Award of Scientific Merit in 1971 and was the Pangborn Gold Medalist in 1988.


On July 12, David E. Watson passed away at the age of 68. Watson was instrumental in the develop- ment of insert sleeves in the late ‘70s early ‘80s. He began his career at a gray iron foundry in Indianapolis and worked for many others, such as Oklahoma Steel and Superior Castings. Prior to joining Foseco, he worked for the former Pryor Foundry. He retired as a sales and technical representative for Foseco on Dec. 31, 2001, and served as a sales consultant for five additional years. Watson also was an active member of the AFS Tri-State Chapter.


founded Italpresse, North America, Nashville, Tenn..


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