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In memoriam Long-time ISA75 member and former ISA75.10 chair Gilbert (Gil) Richards passed away on 1 April 2017. The former CEO of Richards Industries of Cincinnati, Ohio, Richards was a lifelong supporter of ISA, becoming a member in 1959. He also served as president of the Fluid Controls Insti - tute, a trade organization for control valves and regulators. Richards studied economics at Har- vard College, graduating in 1950. He earned a degree from Harvard Busi- ness School in 1952, and after a stint on Wall Street, purchased a valve manufacturing company with his fa- ther. He built Richards Industries un- til his retirement and the sale of the company to its employees in 2007. n INTECH MAY/JUNE 2017 9 Readers Respond | your letters FIRST CLASS REMOTE ACCESS SECURE - SIMPLE - SCALABLE Want to save travel costs? Need to optimize your production? Reduce machine downtime? visit us: www.mbconnectline.com One platform for remote access, monitoring and M2M In memoriam Former ISA executive board member Alex Habib, PE, passed away in May 2017. Habib was also a director in the ISA Food and Pharmaceutical Divi- sion and president and webmaster of the ISA Central New Jersey section. He served as an industry liaison for the ISA Central New Jersey section to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and wrote several tech- nical articles and newsletter contributions. He received the Golden Achievement Award for ISA District 2 and the ISA-5.6 Standards and Practices Award as chairman. Habib earned his BS in electrical engineering from Cairo University and his MS in electri- cal engineering from Farleigh Dickenson University. His professional experience included work with Permutit Company, Merck, Olin Chemicals, Pfizer, Jacobs Engineering, Rhône- Poulenc, Hoffmann La Roche, and Invensys in numerous engineering and consultancy roles. He also worked on several automation-related projects for organizations, including Wyeth, Protein Sciences, Hollister-Stier, IFF, Givaudan Flavors, and Conoco-Phillips. Jim Keaveney, 2016 ISA president, said, "I had the privilege to know Alex for about 30 years. His ISA accomplishments and contributions are many. Alex was the driving force in the Princeton Section, which was later merged into the New Jersey Section. We col- laborated on District 2 activities, where he also served as DVP. Alex was also very much involved in industries and sciences, serving as department VP and director for the Food and Pharmaceutical Division. "Alex was also passionate about the automation profession. He was proud to 'give back' while an adjunct professor at DeVry. In addition to ISA, Alex was often a customer, and he helped lead the automation effort at Merck, Rhône-Poulenc, and Hoffman La Roche. In every sense and every interaction, Alex was an exceptional class act." n

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