Canadian plastics industry sage Don Clarke died March 24 at age 84 from prostate cancer.
Clarke's 55-year career focused on thermoplastics compounds. Early in his career he was employed by resin companies, but in 1960 he co-founded Argo Plastics & Chemicals, one of only two color compounders in Canada at the time. In the late 1980s, he joined the Canadian Plastics Institute, a technical association, as a consultant. He remained with CPI through its consolidation with other industry groups into the Mississauga, Ontario-based Canadian Plastics Industry Association until his retirement in 2000.
Clarke was a tireless teacher and promoter of plastics technology, a trait that earned him a Canplast Award in 1985 and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. His interest in the industry's history led him to co-chair the Canadian Plastics Pioneers Club.