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Paper, Forest Industry Leader Del Raymond Dies

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Delmar R. Raymond, 68, a TAPPI member since 1970, a member of TAPPI's board of directors from 2000 to 2002, and a TAPPI Fellow since 2003, died November 10 at his home in Kent, Wash. Raymond received a bachelor's, master's, and doctorate in chemical engineering from the University of Maine at Orono between 1965 and 1969. During his career, he held many leadership positions, first with St. Regis Paper Co., West Nyack, N.Y., and then with Weyerhaeuser, Federal Way, Wash. While at Weyerhaeuser from 1977 to 2005, he directed technology programs in environment, health, safety, energy production, and mill energy optimization.

Beginning in 2005, Del was the director of Strategic Energy Alternatives for Weyerhaeuser, retiring in 2005 to pursue his own company, Del Raymond Consulting Services, focusing on his strong interest in thermochemical and biological bioenergy conversion technologies and specializing in "linking technology with strategy."

Throughout his career, Raymond was the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including the;

  • President's Award from Weyerhaeuser Co. in 1987 for forming a new division of the company and in 1997 for leading the Agenda 2020 industry technology visioning process
  • University of Maine 1993 Distinguished Engineering Award
  • U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Industrial Technology Partner of the Year award in 2000
  • University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation honor award
  • AIChE Forest Products Division award for outstanding chemical engineering contributions.

Raymond was also a leader and member of numerous committees and divisions, including chairman of the American Forest & Paper Association's Chief Technology Officers Committee that provided leadership to Agenda 2020 from 1995 to 2005, past chairman of the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation Summer Institute, past chairman of American Institute of Chemical Engineers Forest Productions Division, and a founding member of Forest Biproducts Research Institute Advisory Board.

Visitation will be held 5 - 7 p.m. today, November 17, at Mitchell-Tweedie Funeral Home, 28 Elm St., Bucksport, Maine. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, at Elm Street Congregational Church. Interment will be at Silver Lake Cemetery, Bucksport.


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