Donald Porth, Gerald T 'Gerry' Shannon (Lindsay), G Keith Funk & Robert 'Bob' Grasmere (Culligan)
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From Water Conditioning Magazine, December 1970, WCAI, 25th Anniversary: WCAI President, 1956, 1957. Culligan Water Conditioning, Eagleville, Pa. Owner of several dealerships on the Philadelphia Mainline; considered one of nation's largest water conditioning retail operations. Pettit Award, winner for work as chairman of 1965 International Water Quality Symposium that featured Robert Kennedy and a multitude of government, industry figures. Symposium was in large part his conception. WQRC director since 1963. Has, mostly behind the scenes, conditioned much of the industry's thinking regarding the future. Married to Ann, with four children. Son, Buzz, active in business. Instrument-rated as a pilot, flies his own Beechcraft aircraft. Meek appearance hides gutsy determination, remarkable insight.
From Water Conditioning Magazine, December 1970, WCAI, 25th Anniversary: WCAI President, 1960, 1961. Mountain Soft Water, Maplewood, New Jersey. Respectfully referred to as the industry intellectual. Balances a keen, inquisitive mind with sound business sense. Senior class president at Rutgers U.; left college much-honored to pursue an additional degree in law at Cornell. College band leader, naval officer and, in 1956 water conditioning dealer. Recipient of Ralph Lloyd Jones Award, Pettit Award for industry service. Was chairman of the WCAI Philadelphia convention. Traveled 35,000 miles as WCAI president. Has headed virtually every local business and social organization. is now second-term Mayor of Maplewood. Father of five, he is supplemented nicely by sparkling wife, Evelyn.
From Water Conditioning, July 1977: Gerald Timothy Shannon, president of the Lindsay Division of Ecodyne Corporation, is a relative newcomer to water conditioning, having joined Lindsay as its chief executive officer in January 1972. In his short tenure, he has made an indelible mark on his on company and the industry at large. Gerry Shannon is an excellent example of a modern executive...disciplined, intelligent and decisive. Mix that with Irish charm and a quick sense of humor and you have what amounts to an outstanding man. Shannon, a native of upstate new York, has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, NY. During World II, as a Navy Pilot, he flew F4U Corsairs from an aircraft carrier. Shannon is a member of the board of directors of the Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce, a director of the Saint Paul Employers Association and a member of Rotary. He belongs to the Pool and Yacht Club, St. Croix Yacht Club, Minnesota Club, Metropolitan Club in Chicago and the Mendakota Country Club.In the water conditioning industry, Gerry has been on the board of governors of the Water Quality Association since he came into the industry and is now vice president.
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