Culligan icon, WQA Hall of Famer remembered
George Klumb passed away on Feb. 25 at the age of 86. His career at Culligan began in 1942 when he moved to Northbrook, Ill., to teach science at a high school and took a part-time job with the company analyzing water samples. From there, he went on to become Culligan’s chief chemist, technical director, director of public relations and vice president and director of environmental affairs before retiring in 1981 after 38 years of service. The WQA also recognized his efforts by honoring him with the Award of Merit in 1979, the Hall of Fame in 1981, and as a Lifetime Member in 1987. Doug Oberhammer, former WQA executive director, gave the eulogy at services for Klumb. Oberhammer said in part, “I choose to look at it this way—this week we lost someone we love but gained an angel we know. Ecclesiastes reminds us, ‘To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven; a time to be born, a time to die.’” In lieu of flowers, the Klumb family would like memorials sent to the sender’s charity of choice or St. Peter Community Church, 2700 Willow Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062.

So-Safe welcomes Piracha
So-Safe Products LLC, of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, has a new marketing manager. Dr. M. Naveed Piracha replaces Ahsanullah Asim, who left the company. So-Safe Products is a manufacturer of housings, countertop units, reverse osmosis units, cartridges, ultraviolet sterilizers and systems. Piracha can be reached at:

NSF looks to expand in Asia
NSF International, of Ann Arbor, Mich., appointed Michael Farnsworth as operations manager in Asia. Farnsworth is responsible for establishing laboratories, developing partnerships and identifying new business opportunities in Asia. He will also act as a business liaison for companies within Asia. Farnsworth has worked at NSF for 16 years. Previously, he served as field service manager where he oversaw conformity assessment audits for certified clients to ensure product compliance against the appropriate standards, secured product samples for testing, and engaged in witness testing on certified products. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental health and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan. In other news, NSF appointed Chandana Kathuria as senior director of information technology (IT) and chief information officer. Kathuria will focus on IT solutions that support and service the needs of NSF’s clients.  

Institute gains director
The Salt Institute, of Alexandria, Va., appointed Susan Feldman as its new technical director. She succeeds Bruce Bertram, who is retiring after 17 years. Feldman joins the Salt Institute with over 20 years of technical experience in the salt business and served for six years as quality services manager (North America) for Akzo Nobel Chemicals, of Chicago. In that capacity, she was corporate change agent and lead facilitator for the chemicals group and oversaw quality policy, quality training, and continuous improvement efforts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Douglass College and a master’s degree in organic chemistry from the University of Scranton.

Water prize goes to German
German scientist Peter Wilderer won this year’s $150,000 Stockholm Water Prize for his research on sustainable water use and sanitation. Wilderer, a professor at the Technical University of Munich, will receive the award from King Carl XVI Gustaf on Aug. 14 in the Swedish capital. Wilderer’s discoveries have helped treatment facilities worldwide to clean and recycle wastewater from homes, businesses and industries, the Stockholm Water Foundation said.


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