Obituary: Robert Charvat, color expert

By Bill Bregar
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: February 7, 2014 11:30 am ET
Updated: February 12, 2014 5:07 pm ET

Image By: Society of Plastics Engineers Robert Charvat

Related to this story

Topics Obituaries
Companies & Associations Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE)

Robert Charvat, an expert in colorants for plastics, died Jan. 9 at his home in Milford, Ohio, after a long battle with heart disease. He was 83.

A memorial service will be held March 1 at 2 p.m. at the Bay Lodge, 492 Bradley Rd. in Bay Village, Ohio.

A native of Cleveland, he earned a mechanical engineering degree from Fenn College. He had a 57-year career in colorants, where he remained as a consultant and teacher, giving seminars and lectures, until his death.

He was active in the Society of Plastics Engineers' Color & Appearance Division. He published the textbook "Coloring of Plastics: Fundamentals," in 2003.

His helped develop the plastics color matching program at Terra State Community College in Fremont, Ohio — believed to be the only one of its type in the nation. He taught night courses there, driving from his job running the color pigment section of Englehard Corp.'s Harshaw Chemical laboratory in Cleveland.

Charvat served on the Terra College Foundation Board, and helped solicit equipment for the two-year color matching program.

At SPE, he served as chairman of the Color & Appearance Division's education committee. He ran frequent tutorial sessions.

Fellow SPE activist, Bruce Mulholland, said Charvrat's most important contribution to color education was working to start and promote the Terra College program. Before that, colorants for plastics were usually learned on the job.

"Bob's involvement with education in the field of coloring of plastics is unparalleled," Mulholland said. "Most other aspects of the plastics industry have many avenues for teaching and preparing individuals for careers in industry. The coloring of plastics industry has basically two — the undergraduate program at Terra and continuing education seminars offered by organizations like SPE. Bob Charvat is the common thread to the success of both of these avenues and the growth and success of our industry."

Memorial donations may be made to the SPE's Color & Appearance Division's Bob Chavrat Memorial Scholarship Fund. SPE is based in Newtown, Conn.


Comments

Obituary: Robert Charvat, color expert

By Bill Bregar
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: February 7, 2014 11:30 am ET
Updated: February 12, 2014 5:07 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Plastics industry is (still) about innovation

October 22, 2014 2:10 pm ET

You've probably heard the story about Charles Holland Duell, the commissioner of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. They say that in 1899 he...    More

Image

Kraft Foods looks to inspire with HQ

October 22, 2014 12:15 pm ET

Bright and open, Kraft Foods' new headquarters in Northfield, Ill., looks more like a high-tech startup than a company that makes Kraft Macaroni &...    More

Image

Obituary: William Jordan, UK plastics leader

October 10, 2014 9:44 am ET

William Stanley Jordan, who helped lead one of the United Kingdom firms involved in the development of compression molding, and an early innovator in ...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 million dollar plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events