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AFS Gold Medal Winners: 1980-1999
As the metalcasting industry's highest honor, the AFS Gold Medals are awarded annually at the AFS Casting Congress to industry leaders who have made the greatest difference through outstanding technical, engineering, research, management, service and education contributions. There are six medals in all--William H. McFadden (WHM), Joseph S. Seaman (JSS), John H. Whiting (JHW), John A, Penton (JAP), Peter L. Simpson (PLS) and Thomas W. Pangborn (TWP). Following is a look back at the Gold Medal winners of the last 20 years (and a photo of them at the time of the award). Although the gold medals were first presented in 1924, modem casting has limited these pages to the last two decades as a preview to the entire list, which is available online at www.moderncasting.com.
John A. O'Meara [*] was awarded the JAP Gold Medal. Born in Boston, O'Meara received a 8.5. in metallurgical engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. After graduation, he joined Abex Corp and then Banner Iron Works where he was named president in 1985. O'Meara served as AFS president from 1969-70 and FEF president from 1979-80: He also received the Iron Casting Society Gold Medal in 1984.
George J.Vingas was awarded the WHM Gold Medal Born in Egypt, Vingas received a B.S. in chemistry from the Univ. of Alexandria. Vingas worked f6r Dominion Engineering Works, Wehr Steel Co. and Dresser Minerals Div. before becoming vice president of Northern Steel Castings, a consultant for Americar Colloid and then vice president of Ceramco. He was awarded the AFS Award of Scientific Merit in 1971:
Arthur A. Avedisian was awarded the TWP Gold Medal. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Avedisian worked for the Taylor & Fenn Co. his entire career. He holds a patent on the use of tellurium in ductile iron.
William J. Willimot was awarded the JSS Gold Medal. Born in Ontario, Canada, Willmot received his B.S. in engineering from the Univ. of Pittsburgh. Upon graduation, he joined Cooper Bessemer Corp., which was followed by employment with Lester B. Knight Assoc., Greenlee Foundry Co., Urick Foundry Co., Herman Corp. and Harmony Castings, Inc., where he was named president. He was awarded an AFS Service Citation in 1973.
John 0. Edwards was awarded the WHM Gold Medal. Born in Bury, England, Edwards received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Manchester Univ. He has worked for British Aluminum Co., Ltd., and the Dept. of Energy Mines and Resources in Canada.
Alex Grallanl [*] was awarded the JAP Gold Medal. After serving with the U.S. Army during WWII and receiving the. Bronze Star; Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman's Badge, Graham received his B.S. in chemical engineering from Wayne State univ. Born in Michigan, Graham worked for H.W. Dietert Co. and Georg Fischer Foundry Systems Corp. his career was defined by the sand testing methods he established and the 10 patents he was granted on scientific methods.
Glenn W. Stahl [*] was warded the PLS Gold Medal. The founder of Stahl Specialty Co. in 1946 Stahl developed the innovative tilt-pour method of aluminum permanent mold casting and the standardization of permanent mold foundry equipment. He received the AFS James P. Keating Award in 1987.
Burleigh Jacobs, Jr., was awarded the PLS Gold Medal. Born in Milwaukee, Jacobs received his B.A. degree from the Univ. of Wisconsin and then served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He began his career at Grede Foundaries, Inc., where he became chairman and CEO in 1960 (and is currently chairman). Jacobs was AFS president in 1972-73 and a Hoyt Lecturer in 1976. He also was SFSA president from 1966-69, SFSA Gold Medalist in 1970, Gray and Ductile Iron Founders' Society Gold Medal winner in 1973, and William J. Grede Award winner in 1991.
Robert B. Fischer was awarded the JSS Gold Medal. Known for his work on the technology and application of bronze and steel alloys, Fischer spent his career with Ingersoll-Rand Co. Born in Easton, Pennsylvania, he received his B.S. in metallurgical engineering from Lafayette College and was honored with an AFS Award of Scientific Merit in 1971.
Lyle R. Jenkins was awarded the JHW Gold Medal. Known for his work on ductile and malleable iron, Jenkins' career was spent with U.S. Steel Corp., Deere & Co., Campbell, Wyant & Cannon, and Wagner Castings Co., and is currently with the Ductile Iron Society. Born in Davenport, Iowa, Jenkins received his B.S. in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He also was awarded the AFS Service Citation in 1978.
Charles E. Fausel was awarded the WHM Gold Medal. Born in Chicago, Fausel received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Univ. of Illinois. His career led him through positions with GM's Central Foundry Div., Chicago Foundry and Lester B. Knight & Assoc., Inc. Fausel has been awarded three patents for a gas-fired melting furnace, a ductile iron alloy and the glue bonding of shell molds. Fausel served as AFS president from 1974-75.
Thomas R. Wiltse was awarded the PLS Gold Medal. A past president of AFS from 1975-77, Wiltse spent his career with the Central Foundry Div. of GM after graduating from the GM Institute with his B.S. in industrial engineering. Wiltse also received a Gold Medal in 1979 from the Iron Casting Society.
Ralph A. Carlson [*] was awarded the JAP Gold Medal. Known for his work with iron melting and molten metal treatment, Carlson spent the majority of his career with the American Cast Iron Pipe Co. He received his B.A. in chemistry and mathematics from the North Dakota Teachers College and gave the Hoyt Lecture, at the 1967 AFS Casting Congress.
Ashley B. Sinnett [*] was awarded the PLS Gold Medal. Born in Buffalo New York, Sinnett attended the Colorado School of Mines and Michigan State Univ. before joining AFS as director of education in 1954 and developing the Cast Metals Institute. Sinnett served as executive vice president of AFS for more than 20 years. He also received the SFSA Thomas E. Barlow Award in 1985.
John E. Miller was awarded the TWP Gold Medal. Miller began his career with Woodward Iron Co., but also worked for Southern Ferro Alloys and Chattanooga and Keokuk Electro Metals before joining Miller & Co. Born in Chicago, Miller received his B.A. from Williams College and received the FEF Edward J Walsh Award.
Charles E. Drury was awarded the PLS Gold Medal. An AFS Hoyt Lecturer in 1980, Drury was born in Albany, Illinois, served in the U.S. Army during WWII and then received his B.S. in engineering from the Univ. of Illinois. Drury began his career with Caterpillar before joining GM's Central Foundry Div. and then Hayes Albion Corp. He also served as AFS president from 1980-81.
Richard A. Green was awarded the WHM Gold Medal. Known for his work in green sand technology and process control, Green's career has taken him to Enterprise Foundry, F.B. Stevens Co., H. W. Dietert Co., and International Minerals and Chemical Corp. Born in Detroit, Green received an AFS Service Citation in 1979 and an AFS Award of Scientific Merit in 1985.
Lawrence S. Krueger was awarded the PLS Gold Medal. Born in Milwaukee, Krueger received his B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from the Univ. of Wisconsin and served as AFS president from 1981-82. He spent his entire career with Pelton Casteel. Krueger also received the Keating Founders' Freedom Award in 1990 and was a Hoyt Lecturer in 1993.
George Di Sylvestro was awarded the TWP Gold Medal. Born in Chicago, Di Sylvestro is known for his work with green sand control. He began his career with Burnside Steel Co. before joining the American Colloid Co. He received an AFS. Award of Scientific Merit in 1971.
Mathew J. Granlund was awarded the JSS Gold Medal. Born in Finland, Granlund was involved in the evaluations for both original furannobake as well as aluminum silicates as possible molding aggregates. A graduate of the Univ. of Minnesota with a B.S. in industrial engineering, he worked for Archer Daniels Midlands Kordell Industries and Abex Corp., and served as technical director for National Engineering Co. Granlund was awarded the CMI Directors' Award in, 1983 an AFS Award of Scientific Merit in, 1978 and, in 1984, formed Foundry Systems control
Seymour Katz, was awarded the JHW Gold Medal. Katz earned his Ph.D. physical, chemistry from Iowa State Univ. and has spent his career in research and development with GM Research Laboratories. A Hoyt Lecturer in 1990, Katz runs his in West Bloomfield Michigan. He also received the AFS Award of Scientific Merit 1983
Samuel C. Clow was awarded the JHW Gold Medal. Born in Coshocton, Ohio, Clow worked for over 30 years at Clow Corp. and moved on to the Iron Casting Research Institute as a consultant. He was AFS president from 1973-74 and a Hoyt Lecturer in 1979.
Hugh H. Sims, Jr., was awarded the TWP Gold Medal. Born in Vincent, Alabama, Sims received his B.S. in metallurgical engineering from the Univ. of Alabama and founded Simsco Industries in 1964. A Hoyt Lecturer in 1991, AFS president from 1983-84 and FEF president from 1987-88, he also worked with Birmingham Alloys, Inc., and Vulcan Engineering Co.
George N. Booth was awarded the PLS Gold Medal. After receiving his B.A.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the Univ. of British Columbia and his M.B.A. from the Univ. of Windsor, the Canadian-born Booth spent more than 30 years with Ford Motor Co. before moving to GNB, Inc., a casting consulting company of which he is president. An AFS president from 1984-85 and Hoyt Lecturer in 1989, Booth also received the Iron Casting Society Service Citation in 1985, the AFS Management Service Citation in 1985 and the ACMA Gold Medal in 1989.
Charles E. Bates was awarded the JSS Gold Medal. Born in Wilsonville, Alabama, Bates earned his Ph.D. in metallurgy from the Case Institute of Technology and worked for Clow Corp., Ford Motor Co. and the Southern Research Institute where he headed the establishment of one of the largest contract foundry research groups in the U.S. Currently, he is a research professor of materials and mechanical engineering at the Univ. of Alabama-Birmingham.
George W. Mathews, Jr., was awarded the PLS Gold Medal. Mathews earned his B.S. in industrial management from Georgia Tech (where he starred and set records in football) and his M.B.A. from Harvard Univ. In 1971, he founded Internet Corp.
Donald G. Brunner was awarded the JHW Gold Medal. Brunner received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Marquette Univ. and went on to become chairman and CEO of Waupaca Foundry, Inc., the foundry company he helped build from 13 employees to six high-production facilities. Also in this position, he pioneered an adaptation and improvement of vertical high pressure molding advanced melting techniques, and metal and mold handling. Brunner was awarded the Iron Casting Society Gold Medal in 1986 and the AFS William F. Grede Award in 1999.
William M. O'Neill was awarded the WHM Gold Medal. A retired chairman of Alloy Engineering & Casting Co., where he worked for close to 40 years, O'Neill served as AFS president from 1985-86. He was born in Urbana Illinois.
Norman P. Lillybeck was awarded the JHW Gold Medal. Born in Chicago Lillybeck graduated from the Univ. of Michigan with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He worked at Deere & Co., U.S. Steel Corp., Brillion Iron Works, Modern Equipment Co., and Sibley Machine and Foundry Corp. Lillybeck was presented with the AFS Award of Scientific Merit in 1975.
Louis J. Pedicini was awarded the WHM Gold Medal. Born in Detroit, Pedicini graduated with a B.S.E.E. from Wayne State Univ. He served as CISA president from 1988-89. Previous to his position as president of Georg Fischer Foundry Systems, he worked at H.W. Dietert, GM Process Development, Congress Die Casting, Lester B. Knight & Assoc., Pullman Trailmobile and Ingersoll Engineers. He also received the AFS Award of Scientific Merit in 1986.
Mahi Sahoo was awarded the JAP Gold Medal. Born in India, Sahoo earned a B.Sc. at UTKL Univ., a B.E. from the Indian Institute of Science and a Ph.D. in physical metallurgy from the Univ. of British Columbia. Before working at CANMET, Sahoo was employed at the Univ. of British Columbia and Queen's Univ. He received the AFS Award of Scientific Merit in 1989.
John Jorstad was awarded the JSS Gold Medal. Born in Richmond, Virginia, Jorstad earned his degree from Virginia Commonwealth Univ. He delivered the Hoyt Lecture in 1994 and received NADCA's 1987 Edward A. Kruszynski Achievement Award, the 1985 AFS Aluminum Div. Scientific Merit Award and the 1990 AFS Award of Scientific Merit. Before joining Formcast, Jorstad worked at CMI International and Reynolds Metals.
T. Morris Hackney was awarded the PLS Gold Medal. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Hackney received a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy. Hackney founded Citation Corp., growing the business from one foundry he purchased in 1974. Hackney gave the Peter E. Rentschler Memorial Lecture in 1991.
Norris B. Luther was awarded the TWP Gold Medal. Born in, Unionville, Michigan, Luther received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from the GM Institute. Luther was presented with the 1985 AFS Award of Scientific Merit for his contributions toward casting cleaning and finishing. Before working as a consultant for Norris Luther & Assoc., Luther worked for Lester B. Knight & Assoc. and the Pontiac Motor Div. of General Motors.
Robert J. Warrick was awarded the JHW Gold Medal. Born in Dearborn, Michigan, Warrick holds B.S.E., M.S.E. and Ph.D. degrees from the Univ. of Michigan. Throughout his career, Warrick has been active in ductile iron research, arid in 1981 was presented with the DIS Annual Award. Before his position in the research division of Internet Corp., Warrick worked at Ford Motor Co.
Jerry Agin was awarded the WHM Gold Medal. Born in Cincinnati, Agin received a B.B.A. from the Univ. of Cincinnati. Agin served as AFS president from 1990-91 and CISA president from 1989-90. Before working at Hill & Griffith, Agin was employed with Raymond Bag Co., Burgeson Metal and Formica Co.
Daryl F. Hoyt was awarded the TWP Gold Medal. Born in Iowa City, Iowa, Hoyt received his degree from Rock Valley College, Illinois Institute of Technology. Hoyt has worked at Wedron Silica, Martin Marietta Corp., Delta Resins and Refractories, International Harvester (Navistar), Midwest Steel and was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He received an AFS Service Citation in 1985 and an AFS Award of Scientific Merit in 1995.
Dale P. Brautigam [*] was awarded the HWM Gold Medal. Born in Jackson, Michigan, Brautigam earned an M.B.A. from the Univ. of New Mexico, a B.S. in industrial engineering from Washington Univ., and an A.B. from Albion College. Brautigam received the 1972 AFS Service Citation, the 1995 CMI/AFS Directors' Award and the 1994 AFS Award of Scientific Merit, among others. In addition, he developed an innovative modular system for handling and processing large steel castings. His foundry career included Campbell, Wyant and Cannon Foundry Co., Sandia Corp., Westran Corp. and Georg Fischer Foundry Systems, Inc.
Thomas H. Davies was awarded the TWP Gold Medal. Born in Chicago, Davies received a B.A. in economics and business administration from Cornell College. Before working at Carpenter Bros., he was employed at Hill & Griffith and American Colloid Co. Davies received the AFS Service Citation in 1986 and an AFS Award of Scientific Merit in 1993.
James D. Pearson was awarded the PLS Gold Medal. Born in Chicago, Pearson earned a B.S. in business administration from Drake Univ. In 1990, Pearson received the ACMA Gold Medal. Before purchasing Aurora Industries, Pearson worked at Rockwell International, Illinois Tool Works and U.S. Industries, Inc.
Paul R. Carey was awarded the TWP Gold Medal. Born in Pittsburgh, Carey earned a chemical engineering degree from the Univ. of Pittsburgh. Carey was presented with the 1985 CMI Directors' Award, the 1989 AFS Service Citation and an AFS Award of Scientific Merit in 1993. Before working for Ashland Specialty Chemicals Co., Carey was employed with International Minerals and Chemicals, Georgia Pacific, Westinghouse Research and Hooker Chemical.
S. David Sanders was awarded the JSS Gold Medal. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Sanders received a B.S. in metallurgical engineering from the Univ. of Alabama and an M.S. and Ph.D. in metallurgical engineering from the Univ. of Wisconsin. Before working at Caterpillar, Inc., Pearson was employed at the Univ. of Alabama, Battelle, the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison and Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Co.
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