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Plastics pioneer Bob Charvat passes

The plastics industry has always honored its pioneers in process and materials technology, so Plastics Color Corp. would like to use this space to honor one of the early developers of plastics coloring technology, Robert Alan “Bob” Charvat, 83, who died at his home January 9, 2014 after a long battle with heart disease.

Bob was born in Cleveland and raised in Lakewood, Ohio, and trained in mechanical engineering. He spent his career in the field of chemical engineering in colorants for plastics, where he made his mark and remained active as a consultant and teacher until his death. Bob was a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers starting in 1957, and received the Achievement Award from the SPE Color and Appearance Division in 1985. He became an Elected “Fellow” in 2000, and achieved Emeritus status in 2002.

Bob served on the SPE Board of Directors 2003-2006, and Past CAD Board of Directors Chair, as well as serving on the CAD Education Committee and was General Chair of the CAD RETEC, the Endowment Committee, and the Inter-Society  Color Council among others He is also listed in Who’s Who in Plastics and Polymers.

As an educator, Bob served on the Terra Community College Color of Plastics Advisory Board for Terra Community College, the College Adjunct Faculty and the Terra College Foundation Board of Directors.  He was editor of “The Coloring of Plastics: The Fundamentals, Volume I” sponsored by the SPE CAD division. Even now his ‘bible,’ “The Coloring of Plastics: Volume II,” is taking final shape thanks to his friends and colleagues who are seeing it through to publication.

Bob is survived by his wife, Nancy Jean (Neukom) Charvat, two daughters and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael John Charvat.

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