TAPPI has announced the recipients of the Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service Award and the Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award, to be handed out at a May 4 dinner in Atlanta.
TAPPI has announced that Willis J. Potts Jr. will receive the
2010 TAPPI Herman L. Joachim Distinguished Service Award at a May 4 dinner
during the 2010 PaperCon Conference at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. Established in 1994, the Herman L.
Joachim Distinguished Service award recognizes an individual for voluntary
leadership and service that has significantly and demonstrably contributed to
the advancement of TAPPI. The award
carries a cash prize valued at more than $50,000.
“Willis’ long career as a manager and administrator sets him
apart from many other leaders in the forest products industry,” said Larry N.
Montague, president of TAPPI. “In addition to his contributions in the field,
he saw TAPPI through its recent reorganization and restructuring, bringing
additional value to our membership and strength to the association.”
Potts, a former board member and chairman of TAPPI, has
actively supported TAPPI on all levels, from student activities and regional
chapters to numerous conferences and exhibits.
TAPPI also announced that Richard J. Kerekes, Ph.D., professor
emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, will receive the 2010 TAPPI Gunnar
Nicholson Gold Medal Award at the May 4 awards dinner. TAPPI’s most prestigious
annual award, the Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal Award caries a cash prize valued
at over $60,000.
Dr. Kerekes’ contributions to research, technology and
education for our industry over a 38-year period are exemplary and make him a
deserving recipient of TAPPI’s highest honor,” said Montague. “He has made
numerous significant contributions to papermaking technology during his career,
including founding the Pulp and Paper Center at the University of British
Columbia, where he established a research program
between UBC and Paprican.”
Kerekes spent the bulk of his career with Paprican, the Pulp
and Paper Research Institute of Canada, now known as FP Innovations, serving
from 1971-2001. He was named honorary professor at the University of British
Columbia in 1978, a position he held until 2001,
when he was appointed full professor upon his retirement from Paprican. He
served as director of the Pulp and Paper Centre at the University of British
Columbia from 1983 until 2005, when he retired
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