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Composites Pioneer Frank Cassis, who in 2005 won the American Composites Manufacturers Association’s (ACMA) Lifetime Achievement Award, died suddenly after a minor automobile accident apparently led to further complications. He was 80.
“”The industry has suffered a great loss,”” said ACMA President Bill Kreysler. “”Frank was involved in many of the industry’s seminal projects, including the resin team for the 1955 Corvette. He’s been a mainstay in ACMA’s Western Chapter, the former Western Section of the Composites Institute, and instrumental in starting the Conference on Construction, Corrosion, and Infrastructure.””
Hailed around the industry as the “”founding father of the underground gasoline storage tank”” and known for his boundless energy, Cassis started in the composites industry in 1955 developing corrosion-resistant composites. He established isophthalic polyesters as the workhouse material system that helped launch and grow the corrosion-resistant equipment sector.
“”He will be sorely missed,”” Kreysler added, who awarded Cassis ACMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. Cassis is one of only nine composites industry pioneers to receive the award.
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