Nypro's Aznoian, 78, dead of heart attack
BOSTON - Nicholas Aznoian, 78, Nypro Inc.'s financial leader for many years, died Aug. 25 at New England Medical Center in Boston from a heart attack.
Aznoian joined Nypro as vice president and chief financial officer in 1974 when the company's sales were $12 million. He served until 2001, when he, along with Gordon Lankton, assumed the role of co-chairman of the Clinton, Mass.-based company. Aznoian was involved in every major decision as the company grew to its current $1.2 billion in sales.
``Basically, he was my partner for 31 years,'' Lankton said in a telephone interview. ``We worked side by side. He handled all the financial, accounting, insurance - all the business types - legal and so on. He was a superstar at that.
``We totally complemented each other's talent and interests for 31 years, even though the world didn't know it,'' Lankton added.
Aznoian graduated from Bentley College, Boston University and earned a master's degree in business from Harvard University. He also served in the U.S. Air Force as a first lieutenant for the Strategic Air Command.
He is survived by his wife, Grace.
Amcor's Kisner dies after traffic accident
THOMSON, GA. - Polymer processing specialist Ronnie D. Kisner of Thomson died Aug. 26, on his 61st birthday, as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
Kisner started his plastics career in 1968 at Dow Chemical Co., where he met his future wife, Amy. He joined Dow's polyolefins research and development center in Freeport, Texas, after graduating from Delta State University of Cleveland, Miss.
Kisner's positions at Dow included managing research projects in Magnolia, Ark., and in Granville, Ohio.
He later became technical director for Astro-Valcour/Pactiv Protective Packaging North America, headquartered in Glens Falls, N.Y.
He and his wife next bought a custom injection molding operation, Continental Plastics, in Sarasota, Fla., and ran it for several years before offshore competition forced its closure, the family said.
At the time of his death, he was senior polymer researcher for Amcor Inc., a Thomson-based film and additives manufacturer. While on an Aug. 15 customer call for Amcor, Kisner's car was broadsided at an intersection in Tupelo, Miss., by a semi-tractor trailer, the family said. He never regained consciousness.
Kisner held several patents in foam processing and molded products and was a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers.
His interests included gourmet cooking, Corvette cars and old Jeep vehicles.
He is survived by his wife.
Plaspros Inc. founder Walter L. Georgi, 82
WILLIAMS BAY, WIS. - Walter L. Georgi, 82, founder of Plaspros Inc., died Aug. 5.
A resident of Williams Bay, Georgi was chairman of the injection molder.
A World War II veteran, he served with the Army Air Corps as an aerial gunner.
After completing plastics schooling in Los Angeles, Georgi worked at various plastics firms before creating Plaspros in Woodstock, Ill. In 1983, a second plant was started in Batesville, Miss.
In 2004, the business moved to McHenry, Ill., where his son David Georgi is now president and his granddaughter Michelle Hoyt is business development manager.
Georgi also is survived by his wife, Billiegayle.