In Memorium: Dr. Bill Kenyon, “Mr. Clean”

Dr. William Kenyon receiving the IPC Hall of Fame Award in 1998

Dr. Bill Kenyon passed away on November 22 following a brief illness. Dr. Kenyon was involved with IPC for more than 30 years, earning the Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award in 1998. As a scientist and researcher with DuPont and then as executive director of the Global Centre for Process Change, he served in various positions in the IPC committee structure, eventually assuming IPC’s highest technical volunteer post, chair of the Technical Activities Executive Committee. He was the first general chair of the IPC Cleaning and Committee Committee from 1978 through 1995.

Dr. Kenyon was a cofounder of the CFC Benchmarking effort, a joint industry, military and government initiative, that helped lead the phaseout of CFC-113 in the electronics industry. As part of the IPC team, the industry was able to completely phase out CFCs by 1995, earning IPC and Dr. Kenyon two awards from the Environmental Protection Agency. He was among the first to propose that IPC develop a roadmap for the electronics industry. He received the IPC President’s Award in 1990.

In his acceptance speech for the IPC Hall of Fame, he made a strong push for volunteering time to IPC, commenting “Find the people with potential, get them involved and give them the creative freedom needed to do the job. It’s really that simple — and the excellent people in IPC make it both easy and fun.”

Thank you Bill. We will miss you.

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