Jim Doty, senior global automotive market manager with Solvay Advanced Polymers LLC, died Jan. 26 due to complications from a heart attack he suffered while on a business trip in France. He was 60.
``Jim's passion for the industry was unmatched,'' said Bill Gaines, the company's automotive industry manager, in a news release. ``That dedication and love for the business translated into universal respect among his peers and enduring relationships with his customers.''
Doty graduated with a degree in chemistry from Louisiana Tech University in 1969 and earned a doctorate in organic chemistry from Purdue University. He began his plastics career with DuPont Co. in 1973 and held positions with Atlantic Richfield Corp. of Los Angeles and Amoco Polymers, which eventually became Solvay Advanced Polymers. Solvay is based in Alpharetta.
Doty was known for his work in metal-to-plastic replacement and was involved in many polymer patents.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah, and three daughters.