Industry pioneer Wayne Packard dies at 91; strong ties with WQA and Culligan
F. Wayne Packard, a pioneer in every sense of the word in the water treatment business, died on Feb. 20. He was 91. One of the original Culligan dealers, Packard was the largest, single owner of the brand’s dealerships in the country. He started out in the business in 1946. In 1951-52, he served as president of one of Water Quality Association’s predecessor organizations, Water Conditioning Association International (WCAI). Twenty-five years later, Packard was president of the WQA.

In the May 1977 issue of WC&P, he was featured on the cover with an accompanying profile and interview. When asked at the time what he thought was the “secret” to success, Packard replied, “If I am limited to one choice here, I’d have to be somewhat trite and say hard work…One must have a good product, competitively priced, that provides the cash flow and return on investment we’ve been discussing. From then on, it’s up to the individual to recruit people, generate loyalty and enthusiasm, and attract customers.” Even today, his words ring truer than ever.

His son, John, who is the president of Minnetonka, Minn.-based Culligan Soft Water Service Co., called his father a “tremendous role model and a real gentleman.” The greatest lessons he learned from his father were “taking care of your employees” and having “high ethical standards.” He added, “He loved the industry and loved making it a better industry. It was his life.”

Sharon Peterson, president of Publicom Inc., recalls, “The last time I saw Wayne was at the 1995 WQA convention inNashville when his son, John, became president of the association. Wayne looked wonderful and, needless to say, was very proud.” At the time, it was only the second occasion where a father and son had served as WQA president.

The memorial service was Saturday, March 3, at Breck School Chapel in Minneapolis. The Packard family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Children First, 6425 W. 33rd St., St. Louis Park, MN 55426. Its number is (952) 928-6075. Packard founded the organization in 1992.

Met-Pro names new VP
James Board was named vice president and general manager of Met-Pro Corp.’s Dean Pump and Fybroc divisions, replacing Raymond De Hont, who has continued as acting vice president and general manager since his appointment as COO of the company in June. Board received a bachelor’s degree in management engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dunham named CEO
Northwest Pipe Co. named Brian Dunham as its CEO in January, replacing William Tagmyer, who remains chairman of the board but departs as CEO as part of the company’s long-term transition plan. Dunham joined Northwest in 1990 as CFO and was named COO in 1997. He added the title of president in 1998. Northwest makes welded steel pipe that’s used to transport drinking water and for a wide range of construction purposes.

Pentair board grows
William Monahan was named to a new seat on Pentair’s board of directors. He is chairman of the board of directors and CEO of Imation, a $1.4 billion global technology company that spun off from 3M in 1996. Monahan, who will stand for election by shareholders at the 2001 annual shareholders’ meeting, brings the number of Pentair board members to 12. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Peter’s College and a master’s degree in business from Rutgers University.

AWT grants Freedman award
The Association of Water Technologies (AWT) awarded its 2000 Ray Baum Memorial Technologist of the Year honor to Dr. Arthur Freedman in January. Freedman is president of Arthur Freedman Associates Inc., a private water treatment consulting firm in East Stroudsburg, Pa. He’s been published in over 60 industry publications covering various aspects of water treatment and inorganic chemistry. Freedman has been a member of the American Chemical Society for 50 years, and a member of NACE International for 47 years.

Gorden fills VP slot
American Water Works Co., of Voorhees, N.J. has named Stephen F. Gorden as vice president of corporate development. Gorden has 30 years of experience in the water utility industry. Since 1994, he has served as director of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, the third largest water and wastewater utility in the United States.

Hanish leaves long legacy
The water industry lost a friend when Stanley Hanish passed away in November. Following service in the U.S. Navy, Hanish began his career in the industry as a dealer for Lindsay from 1947 to 1967. Retiring for the first time in 1982 from Lindsay, he returned as a district manager and sales trainer for Kinetico Inc. from 1985 to his final retirement in 1997.

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