Bob Ayres, a long-time leader and key participant in the Plastics Pipe Institute Inc., died Nov. 24 at age 78.
Ayres worked for Phillips Petroleum Co. in its plastics technical center, where he concentrated mainly on pipe projects.
“Bob was instrumental in significant developments for gas-pipe resins in the 1970s and also developed many other resins over the years used throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia,” said Tony Radoszewski, executive director of Irving-based PPI, in a news release.
“Without Bob, it would be hard to imagine what the pipe world would be like, as his influence was profound.”
Ayres was named a lifetime member of PPI, an honor bestowed on only seven people during its 60-year history.
Even after he retired from Phillips in 1988, Ayers continued to work on PPI's Hydrostatic Stress Board.
“Bob's years of experience and knowledge brought an important perspective to the HSB, which frequently helped the group to focus on the topic at hand, rather than re-creating the wheel,” said current HSB Chairman Stephen Boros.