Passing of Roy Crawford

Crawford (2004)The Association of Rotational Molders is saddened to share the news that Roy Crawford passed away on Thursday, June 23. Professor Crawford was a member of the Rotomolding Hall of Fame and the Former Technical Director of ARM.

He was awarded the ARM Distinguished Service Award in 1998 and was inducted into the Rotomolding Hall of Fame in 2008. He served on the ARM Board and coordinated ARM’s technical resources as Technical Director for many years.

Professor Crawford became involved in rotomolding in 1979. He established research centers for rotomolding at Queen’s University and the University of Auckland. He introduced Master’s Degree courses and PhDs to rotomolding. He created with and for ARM many presentations and training courses.

His innovations and insight in process control, pressurization, and new materials raised industry standards. Neither ARM nor rotational molding would be the same without Roy Crawford.

He is survived by his wife Renee, and three children Paul, Steven, and Emma.

“I have known Roy Crawford for over 25 years,” said Rotational Molding Hall of Fame member Sandy Scaccia. “He was an associate, and a personal friend.  I have always admired and appreciated his interest and dedication to the rotational molding industry.  His ability to combine his technical knowledge and his interest in the process, has inspired others, students, molders and suppliers, and has led to many interesting discoveries and process improvements in our industry.  I will always remember his persuasive encouragement to make our industry better in his many presentations. He will be sadly missed but his legacy of leadership and inspiration continue to have an effect today, and will no doubt continue into the future.”

A funeral will take place on Friday, July 1 at 2:00 pm at Manukau Memorial Gardens followed by cremation.

Cards may be sent to:

Renee Crawford
34 Manor Park
Sunny Hills
Auckland 2010
New Zealand

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