Southern Pipe CEO Robert Mitchell, 58
NORWOOD, N.C. - Robert Mitchell, owner, chief executive officer and president of Southern Pipe Inc., died Oct. 20 after a battle with cancer.
The 58-year-old Norwood resident founded the PVC pipe maker in 1998 and was a 40-year industry veteran, having worked at other pipe companies including Cabot Corp., Celanese Corp., Robintech Inc., Queen City Plastics and National Pipe & Plastics Inc.
Mitchell, who was a member of the U.S. Army Reserves, is survived by his wife, Patricia, two sons and one daughter. His son Bryan is vice president of sales and marketing for Southern Pipe in New London, N.C.
Composites consultant Brian Wilson, 74
FOLSOM, CALIF. - Composite technology consultant Brian A. Wilson, 74, of Folsom died Oct. 24 after a heart attack and months dealing with other health issues.
Wilson grew up in England, obtained a master's degree and, early in his career, was involved with the filament winding of solid rocket motors with Lincoln Composites Corp. in Lincoln, Neb., and then GenCorp Inc.'s Aerojet subsidiary in Rancho Cordova, Calif.
He established Wilson Composite Group Inc. in 1987 and modified the name to Wilson Composite Technologies in 2000. The Folsom-based firm analyzed, designed, fabricated and tested polymer matrix composite structures for aerospace, defense and infrastructure applications.
Wilson's linerless composite technology has found use in handling and storing cryogenic fluids.
Wilson served as president of the Society of Advanced Material Processes and Engineering for fiscal 1990-91. He was designated a SAMPE Fellow in 2000.