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In memoriam: coatings industry mourns passing of industry leaders.

Ken Edwards, former CEO of Dunn-Edwards, passed away on February 20, 2013.

Edwards received a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Occidental College and a Master's degree in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

He played an instrumental role in the development, growth, and success of Dunn-Edwards over the past 50 years. His accomplishments ranged from early developments in architectural and industrial paint formulations to his vision for developing slurry pigment manufacturing technologies. As chief executive officer from 2001 through 2010, his dedication and vision helped position the company for significant growth.

Under his guidance and leadership, the Dunn-Edwards Employee Stock Ownership Plan was created in 2001. and in 2011 construction was completed on the new state of the art paint manufacturing and distribution facility in Phoenix, AZ. In addition, Edwards served on the Board of Directors for the company.

Edwards also made significant contributions to the coatings industry, and was actively involved with the National Paint and Coatings Association (now ACA). He played an instrumental role in establishing Bachelors and Master's Degree programs in coatings technology at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. In 2010, his efforts were recognized with the inauguration of the Kenneth N. Edwards Western Coatings Technology Center.

He is survived by sons Neil. Peter, and John, and their families.

Robert Anthony Roland, former CEO of the National Paint and Coatings Association (NPCA), passed away on January 31, 2013.

A native of Philadelphia. PA, he was a 1952 graduate of Villanova University and earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Following service as an officer in the U.S. Navy, Roland became active in association management in Washington, DC. He moved to Old Town, Alexandria where he resided until his death. From 1959 to 1978, Roland was with NPCA (now ACA) for 20 years, serving the last 17 as the organization's chief executive officer. In 1978, Roland became the president of Chemical Manufacturers Association (CMA). He retired in 1994 after a successful 15-year tenure as head of CMA.

Roland served as a member of the board of directors for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, chairman of the Chamber's Association Committee, and a director of the Citizen's Choice. In 1994, he became the first association executive--and the first American--to be honored with the Society of the Chemical Industry's International Global Medal.

Roland remained active in the community, serving on the Alexandria Waterfront Committee and the Alexandria Seaport Foundation.

He is survived by an older brother John (Jack): sons Robert and Matthew: daughters Miriam Beau Benson, Jacqueline Roland McNeal, and Christine Roland Garner; eight grandchildren; and was awaiting his first great- granddaughter.

Albert C. "Ace" Bean, Jr., of Tnemec Company, died on January 23, 2013. He was 91 years old.

A lifelong resident of Kansas City, Bean graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. degree in government. He joined the Navy in January 1943 and served on a destroyer operating in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. After resigning his commission in January 1946. he dedicated his entire working career to the paint manufacturing company founded by his father, Albert C. Bean, in 1921--Tnemec Company, Inc. Named president of Tnemec in 1956. Bean became chairman of the board in 1989, and remained active in that position until his death.

Bean was a past member of the Board of Directors for National Paint & Coatings Association (now ACA) and was a recipient of the association's Industry Statesman award in 1998.

A member and former vestryman of All Saints Episcopal Church, Bean was actively engaged with Saint Luke's Hospital, serving on the Hospital Board of Directors from 1973 to 1993 and the Saint Luke's Hospital Foundation from 1993 to 2003. He received the Foundation Fellow Award in 2000.

He maintained a close connection with Cornell University and was active in university affairs locally and at the university in Ithaca, NY.

Bean is survived by his wife, Molly; son Albert C. Bean III; daughters Melanie Bean and Kimbrough Higgins; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
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Date:Mar 1, 2013
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