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PPI Mourns Passing Of Industry Stalwart

Dec 7, 2011 - 8 years ago

By Supply Post

Tony Radoszewski, executive director of The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI), said recently that the entire membership is feeling the loss of Bob Ayres, a long-time leader and key participant in the organization for more than 50 years. Ayres passed away at the age of 78 on November 24, 2011.

"We have all benefited from Bob's contribution to our industry. He was a teacher, mentor and friend," Radoszewski said, "and we share with his family a deep feeling of loss due to his passing. His work with developing and testing some of the first polyethylene materials for use in pipe is notable as his efforts were truly instrumental during the early development stages of our industry. Bob was a pillar of plastic pipe innovation since the 1950's. He was named a life-time member of the PPI, an honor bestowed on only seven people during the 60 years of PPI's existence."

Ayres worked for Phillips Petroleum Company in its Plastics Technical Center where he concentrated mainly on plastic pipe projects.

“Bob was instrumental in significant developments for gas pipe resins in the 1970's and also developed many other resins over the years used throughout the U. S. Europe and Asia," noted Radoszewski. "Without Bob it would be hard to imagine what the pipe world would be like as his influence was profound.

"He was also an endearing person who you could come to in a time of need; and you could trust his answer because it was always grounded in research and well thought out," Radoszewski continued. "Bob was committed to the success of our industry as demonstrated by his work with PPI's Hydrostatic Stress Board (HSB), and serving for many years on our board of directors and on various committees and task groups. Even after he retired from Phillips in 1988, Bob continued as an active member of the HSB."

According to current HSB chair Stephen Boros, "Bob’s years of experience and knowledge brought an important perspective to the HSB which frequently helped the group to focus on the topic at hand rather than recreating the wheel. And, just as important, Bob kept us in line as the parliamentarian. If there were any questions on Roberts Rules of Order, we all turned to Bob. His guidance and wisdom will certainly be missed.”

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