Ronald Daggett, 88
MADISON, WIS. - Ronald Daggett, 88, a University of Wisconsin professor emeritus and founder of injection molder Engineering Industries Inc. in Verona, Wis., died Oct. 18 after a brief illness.
Daggett began his career in plastics as an engineer for RCA during World War II. He joined the staff of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he developed a plastic processes course. He co-developed an innovative prosthetic heart valve and while still teaching, founded Engineering Industries.
He retired from teaching in 1975 and from the firm in 1996.
A Ronald L. Daggett memorial scholarship fund has been established through the University of Wisconsin Foundation in Madison.
Greif Sr. VP-Europe
Trevor Armstrong, 55
DELAWARE, OHIO - Trevor Armstrong, senior vice president-Europe for Greif Inc., died Nov. 19 during a visit to Greif's Russian operations. He was 55.
Armstrong started his career as a management cadet with CSR Ltd. in Australia in 1966 and was group vice president for Asia Pacific for packaging company Van Leer at the time Delaware-based Greif acquired the company.
At Greif, Armstrong became strategic business unit manager and vice president of Asia Pacific. During this period, he presided over the construction of Greif's second plant in China, at Taicang. He was appointed senior vice president-Europe on Nov. 1, 2001.
Krones' Uebelhoer, 43, dies in shooting
OAK CREEK, WIS. - Anton Uebelhoer, vice president of North American sales for blow molding machinery maker Krones AG, died Nov. 5. He was killed in a shooting in an Oak Creek hotel.
According to Krones, Uelbelhoer, 43, was preparing for the Pack Expo International trade show, which ran Nov. 7-11 in Chicago. The firm has an office in nearby Franklin, Wis.
Local news reports said a man armed with an automatic weapon shot and killed a woman - allegedly the shooter's girlfriend - and then shot three bystanders who happened to be at the hotel, Uebelhoer among them.
Uebelhoer was killed; the other two bystanders were wounded.
Krones has set up a fund at M&I Bank in Milwaukee to assist Uebelhoer's family, which include his wife and two children.
Former Cryovac VP William Baird, 86
DUNCAN, S.C. - William Baird, retired vice president of research, development and engineering for Sealed Air Corp.'s Cryovac food packaging division in Duncan, died Nov. 3 after a period of declining health. He was 86.
According to Sealed Air, Baird was the first to develop multi-ply plastic extrusions on a large scale for packaging.
He received patents for plastics irradiation, shrink packaging and plasma chemistry. Baird retired from the company in 1982 after 37 years.