Water industry veteran, WC&P friend passes away: Stan Ziarkowski
Stanley M. Ziarkowski, of Mount Laurel, N.J., died May 3. He was 68. Ziarkowski was recently honored by Sybron Chemicals Inc., of Birmingham, N.J., as a Quarter Century Safety Club Charter member. He spent 36 years at the company. Most recently, he was vice president of the Household Ion Exchange Group. Earlier, he worked with Sybron’s Gamelen Group as laboratory chief and, in 1986, was named vice president of sales for its Ionac Group, which later became the Household Ion Exchange Group. Bayer Corp. bought Sybron in September 2000.
A well-known figure in ion exchange, “Stan” worked with many others just as well known and with roots at Sybron and its predecessor Permutit (which was the first American company to market a softening zeolite in 1913). They include ResinTech’s Mike Gottlieb; Wes McGowan, author of the WQA Glossary of Terms and a number of training manuals for the Water Quality Association; Al Preuss, president of Aldex; and Don Brodie, co-owner of Purolite; and Frank McGarvey, retired.
Said Gottlieb of Ziarkowski: “A lot of people are celebrated in death. Some shone brighter in life. Some less. His light was worth the celebration. Some people are witty, some are friendly, some are intelligent—Stan was all of those things and always charitable. There wasn’t a level he couldn’t reach (down) to or up to.”
A longtime WQA member, Ziarkowski served on the WQA Board of Directors (1992-95), the Board of Regents (1996-2002), and numerous committees and task forces, most notably science advisory, ion exchange and educational services. He received the association’s Award of Merit in 1993, Regents Award in 1997 and was named to the Hall of Fame in 1999.
He was also very active in the Eastern Water Quality Association, which he served as president (1998-99) and as a board member (15+ years). Former EWQA director Carol Russell, president of Water Treatment & Accessories, said Ziarkowski was the “dad” of the eastern chapter. Both stepped down on Sept. 11 of last year.
“In meetings, as debates would get rolling, I’d watch Stan’s face and as soon as he began to speak, everyone else would quiet down. Nobody ever talked over Stan. You listened. That’s how you learned,” she said. “I came to count on his wisdom on many occasions.”
Ziarkowski held a patent for an inert resin that’s used to separate cations from anions in a mixed bed deionization unit. His work on a wide range of water treatment issues was published in several industry publications. That includes WC&P, which he also served as a member of its Technical Review Committee (1999-2000) and its predecessor Advisory Committee (1989-90).
“Stan’s been a great friend to WC&P and has written for us for years,” said Sharon Peterson, president of Publicom Inc. “We’ll sorely miss him.”
Ziarkowski attended Penn State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
“A lot of times at industry events and meetings, he’d try to get out on Fridays because he was such a loyal Penn State fan. He went to every game he could, bar none,” Preuss said. “He was a great guy and it’s a heck of a loss for all of us. It’s a loss for the water treatment business. We all loved him.”
Surviving Stan is his wife of over 50 years, Evelyn, and their two daughters, Donna and Carol Anne, and two grandchildren, Bret and Victoria.
Condolences can be sent to Mrs. Ziarkowski at 132 Briarwood Road, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society, 1851 Old Cuthbert Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 03034.
Additional contributions can be made in his name to the Water Quality Research Council. Contact the WQA at (630) 505-0160.
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