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He raised the bar. (Editorial).

I knew the day was going to come when our technical editor, Dr. Walter C. Warner, was going to retire again. Walt came to work for Rubber World fresh off his first retirement at General Tire Research. That was back in 1987 when many in the industry had a mandatory retirement age of 65, and companies actually kept employees until that age. Their loss, our gain.

Walt had a full career before starting here. He was at General for 33 years where he was the research center administrator and a section head for both physical testing and technical services before leaving. He began his career at Firestone after receiving a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Case Western Reserve University. He received his masters degree in physical chemistry. He has authored numerous papers on both analytical and physical testing. Three different patents carry his name.

Walt was the quintessential technical editor. His passion for working with the various subject matters we deal with was inspiring to say the least. He is one of the main reasons for the esteem I have for the scientists who make up this industry. His work habits, attention to detail and especially the way he worked with the variety of authors he would get to contribute was impressive. Authors from all the industrialized nations and from every aspect of this industry.

Walt also donated his time and expertise to the Rubber Division, ACS where he served in various capacities, including the Program Planning and Library committees.

I have only skimmed the surface of his accomplishments. I can't do justice in this short space to what Walt has meant to the rubber industry in general, and to myself and Rubber World magazine in particular. Those of you who have had the opportunity to know Walt, understand what I'm saying.

Walt raised the bar for technical editors, and we feel we found a replacement who will continue the excellence you've come to expect. John Byers has joined our staff. John also started at Firestone after getting his B.S. in chemistry from Iowa State. In his 14 years at Firestone, he served in several chemical and engineering capacities. He currently runs a consulting firm. Between Firestone and now, he worked with Degussa, PPG, Wyrough & Loser and Ashland Chemical.
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Author:Smith, Don R.
Publication:Rubber World
Date:Mar 1, 2003
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