It was with profound sadness that I learned from your daily news e-mail of the passing of Walter A. Rapetski, a retired Farrel Corp. executive, on June 24.
I joined Farrel in 1967. As many of us who have made this industry our career and life, there was always a mentor, someone who guided and nurtured you in the early days. Walter was such a mentor to me. It was not only his zest and dedication to our industry, but his outlook on life itself.
Over the years we stayed in touch; he always was excited about what I was doing, as if I were one of his family.
There have been others who have had an important influence on my career; however, I always think back to Walter as the first and most influential. I was not aware of his illness and wish I had had the opportunity to tell him how much he meant to my career, but then knowing Walter, he knew that.
Vincent T. Berger
A/B Associates Inc.
White Bear Lake, Minn.