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In-plants Mourn Loss of Ray Burd

February 2014 By Bob Neubauer
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Mr. Burd started attending the Association of College and University Printers conference in 2012, and quickly began lending his expertise.

“He was passionate about education and helping others advance in their careers,” notes ACUP President Lisa Hoover, director of Bucknell University’s Office of Publications, Print and Mail. “Ray had been actively involved with the ACUP Education Committee working on the certification program for members. His friendship, enthusiasm and contributions to ACUP will be missed.”

He was so excited to attend ACUP’s 2014 conference that he was the very first member to register and pay.

“He was very involved in ACUP, and his industry knowledge and opinions on business matters were highly regarded,” says Jennifer Bowers, ACUP’s administrative director. “I know I can speak on behalf of ACUP by saying he was an outstanding person and will be deeply missed by all of us whose lives he touched.”

In addition to overseeing the in-plant, Mr. Burd also served as an adjunct facility member and taught courses in communications. His zeal to help educate other managers motivated him to write an article for In-plant Printer magazine in 2003. And though he never wrote for IPG, he appreciated articles written to help managers improve their operations. Right before leaving for Christmas break, he shot off an email to IPG: 

“December’s edition just might be the best collection of editorial content that I can recall ever being published in any of our industry’s magazines,” he wrote. “It should be required reading for anyone in or entering our business. Great job!” Sadly, this was to be our last correspondence.

His latest project at Scranton was getting his in-plant FSC certified. He and Bailey had been looking into the InGreen group certification program for in-plants. 

“That was one of the last things we worked on,” remarks Bailey.

Mr. Burd, who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1971 through 1975, was very active in veterans affairs on campus and was working to establish a veterans’ area at Scranton. In November, he was presented with the Department of the Army’s Commander’s Award For Public Service. 

A father of two and grandfather of five, Mr. Burd was an avid outdoorsman, fond of fishing, hunting, farming and tractors. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Linda.



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