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Wood Science Scholarship Remembers Baldwin

A scholarship has been established in memory of Bill Baldwin for Forest Resources/Wood Science students at Pennsylvania State University. Baldwin, who spent 30 years advocating treated wood and supporting its proper use, died in early July in a fire while on company business.

The scholarship will provide an incentive to students studying in the same program that he completed. Called the Bill Baldwin Memorial Scholarship in Wood Products, the number of awards and the amount of each will be determined by the College of Agricultural Sciences Scholarship and Awards Committee upon recommendations of the School of Forest Resources Director. Dave Webb, a long-time colleague of Bill's, organized the scholarship effort. "This scholarship serves two worthwhile purposes," said Webb. "It honors Bill for his contribution to wood preservation, and it will help promising students start careers in forest products. We hope that some of those students may one day provide our industry with dedication and sound judgment like Bill did."

William J. Baldwin earned a bachelor's of science degree in Forest Science from Penn State. Following an M.B.A. from Duquesne and service in the U. S. Navy, Bill was hired by the R&D Department of Koppers Company. With Koppers and its successor companies (Hickson Corporation and Arch Wood Protection), Bill spent three decades in the wood preservation industry. Bill was extremely well-liked and respected - by his co-workers, his company's customers, trade association staffs, and even competitors. At the time of his death, he was Vice President of Operations and Environment, Health & Safety for Arch Wood Protection, Inc. Earlier he held positions in R&D, production, and sales, and he served in numerous industry organizations.

It is perhaps in this last area where Bill's intelligence, logical thinking, and judgment were most valuable. He spent many hours with wood preservation companies, trade associations, and government agencies, working to improve the wood treating industry. He wrote technical papers, helped devise research projects, conferred with EPA personnel, co-authored Best Management Practices, and dealt with legal issues. In doing so, he looked out for his own company's interests but only in the context of what was right for preserved wood and best for the public.

Bill was an active member of the International Research Group on Wood Preservation, Western Wood Preservers Institute, American Chemistry Council, Chromium Coalition, and the American Wood-Preservers' Association. He served on the boards of the American Wood Preservers Institute and Treated Wood Council.

In addition to his dedication to his job, Bill was an outgoing, friendly guy who enjoyed life. He was professional when the occasion called for considered action, and fun-loving when work was done. He was quick to dress up for costume parties, and did not go thirsty when the bar was open. He was also a devoted family man (his daughter, Erin, will be the administrator for the scholarship fund).

Contributions should be made out to Penn State University with a memo that the contribution is for the Bill Baldwin Scholarship Fund.

Mail to:
College of Agricultural Sciences Development Office
The Pennsylvania State University
232 Ag Admin Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802

Questions: Telephone 814-863-1373

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