LANTANA, FLA. - Gordon Kline, who worked as technical editor of Modern Plastics for more than 50 years before retiring in the late 1980s, died Aug. 4 at a retirement center in Lantana. He was 93. Kline helped pioneer international standards for plastics. At the National Bureau of Standards, he headed the Plastics Section from 1935-1951, and the Polymers Division from 1951-1963. He also helped form plastics standards at ASTM, the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. and the International Organization for Standardization.
Before joining Modern Plastics in 1936, he had worked for DuPont Co., according to a colleague, Roland MacBride.
MacBride was managing editor of Modern Plastics from the mid-1970s until he retired in 1992. He called Kline ``a gentleman of the old school.''
``He really was an old-fashioned guy in the best sense of the word. He just had a lot of the old values you don't see too much of anymore. He was very conscientious and he had extremely high standards.''
During World War II, Kline advised the U.S. government on the uses of plastics in the military, aeronautics and the construction industry.
Kline is a member of the Plastics Hall of Fame.