Guido A. ``Guy'' Martinelli, a member of the Plastics Hall of Fame and a fixture at Society of Plastics Engineers events for more than 50 years, died May 6 at his home in Fort Pierce, Fla.
He was 89.
He died from congestive heart failure, said his son Guido Martinelli III.
The SPE activist died on a Sunday, the first day of SPE's 2007 Annual Technical Conference in Cincinnati. SPE executive director Susan Oderwald announced the news at the beginning of the awards banquet that night. She called for a moment of silence.
Martinelli's plastics career started at the dawn of the modern plastics era, right after World War II. But to many in the industry, he was best known for teaming with his longtime buddy, G. Palmer Humphrey Sr., each year to make a humorous motion of adjournment, and a second, to close SPE's business lunch at Antec.
The two men met at an SPE meeting of the New York Section in 1950. They quickly became best friends.
Humphrey, who is 94, carried on to make the adjournment motion in Cincinnati. ``The other half of Frick and Frack passed away,'' he said. ``We and our families have been friends for all these years. We attended innumerable Antecs. We went to Europe together. We celebrated everything with it, and I'm a sad man today because he died.''
Martinelli had not attended Antec in recent years. But at the 2001 conference in Dallas, the two delivered their famous adjournment motion via videotape, at a golf course in South Carolina.
``Let's put it this way, he was a small man, but he was big in character,'' Humphrey said, referring to Martinelli's short stature. ``And he was a wonderful person to be friendly with and to work with. I worked with him at the society for so many years.''
Martinelli married his wife, Florence, on Dec. 6, 1941, the day before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. After a 15-hour honeymoon, he left to continue service in the Army Signal Corps, where he ended up as a major.
His plastics career began after the war when he joined Sylvan Plastics in New York, a maker of urea formaldehyde molding compounds that competed against Bakelite Corp. He joined SPE in 1950.
Martinelli would then move up and become president of Sylvan Plastics. In 1961, he bought a share of Dimensional Pigments Inc., which made synthetic pearlescent pigments in Bayonne, N.J. After that company was sold, he stayed on as manager, then took an early retirement in 1974.
He again bought a stake in a material supplier, compounder American Polymers Inc. of Paterson, N.J. He left after a promised sale of that company to him fell through.
In 1976, Martinelli created a consulting firm, Accolade Plastics & Chemical Associates, working out of his home in Red Bank, N.J. He founded SPE's Polymer Modifiers & Additives Division.
Martinelli served as SPE president in 1964.
In 2000, Martinelli was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame, housed in Leominster, Mass., at the National Plastics Center.
``My closest friends are SPE members,'' he said in a speech at a Palisades Section meeting in 1994 in New Jersey.
Martinelli is survived by his wife, sons Richard A. and Guido III, daughter Joan, and four grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at the Notre Dame Mission in Fort Pierce on May 11.