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FLEXO Magazine : April 2010
www.flexography.org april 2010 FLEXO 19 viewpoint, I felt he was firm, but fair; a dedicated and determined man with a mission. More importantly, George Parisi was in love with his job, and the industry was the beneficiary.” “George will always have a special place in my heart, as he played a very influential role in my career, allowing me to chair workshops and then sup- porting me to chair the 1991 Forum,” said Dave Horsman (FTA Hall of Fame 2001). “ Many times, he gave me a little pep talk about confidence and was a true friend—I am sure many of us feel the same way.” “I worked for George and enjoyed that first year of my tenure with the FTA, but knew and respected him for the nine years with DuPont,” said Bill Dowdell, who would go on to succeed George as president in 1994. “He knew his business, had a quiet energy about him that made things happen. He was a great spokes- person for the industry. George deserves the ultimate compliment when one passes from this earth: he left a not-to-be forgotten positive mark on the industry he served and the people who knew him.” “Over the 10 years that I spent work- ing with him, I marveled at his unyield- ing dedication, his boundless energy, and love of the industry and the people that he served,” declared current FTA President Mark Cisternino. “He taught me, and a number of other staff and volunteers, a great deal about the finer points of running a successful member- based organization. For that, and many other things, I will be forever grateful. ” In FTA’s 50th Anniversary Journal, George wrote that “people have always been FTA’s greatest asset.” You are a crowning example of that very statement. Thank you! Good-bye, George! n Life Beyond fTA Prior to his career at FTA, George was vice president of Frank H. Baxter Associates, which offered professional managerial services to trade associations. He also held roles as regional repre- sentatives of the Medical Society of the State of New York; assistant executive secretary of the National Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Association; membership direc- tor of the direct mail marketing association; operations analyst for the American Gas Associa- tion; and administrative assistant with the American Newspapers Association. George was a graduate of St. John’s University with a BS in Marketing. A World War II veteran, George saw active service in Europe, and served as a member of the Army of the Occupation of Germany and Austria. He once survived the torpedoing of a troop- ship by a German submarine in the English Channel. He leaves behind his wife, Grace; children Laura, Loretta, Grace, and George; and grand- children Katie, Allison, Kara, An- thony, Christopher, Jaime, Valerie and Theresa. FTA TODaY FLXApril10_v1.indd 19 4/10/10 12:21 AM
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