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FLEXO Magazine : May 2013
processes is responsible for his selection as the 51st inductee into Flexographic Technical Association’s Flexo Hall of Fame. Gary Hilliard, past chairman of Foundation of Flexographic Technical Association’s Board of Trustees worked fervently to ensure flexography became and remained packaging’s print process of choice, for nearly four decades. When he passed away, Feb. 23, 2013, it was just two days since he learned of his pending installation into flexography ’s most prestigious society. He was looking forward to what was sure to be a shin- ing moment in his career. Ellen Hilliard, Gary ’s wife, recalled, “I felt great joy and pride in Gary and his achievements upon learning of his se- lection, I realized immediately that it was something we would have talked about for years to come. Gary has long aspired to become the recipient of FTA’s President’s Award, so when I told him, ‘You got the big one—the Hall of Fame,’ he was very quiet but managed to say, ‘That’s cool.’ I told him how proud I was and I really believe he grasped what was happening.” She continued, “Ever since I attended my first Forum in 1986 in San Francisco—when Gary was getting two print awards— I’ve loved the pomp and circumstance. In fact, I still get shivers when I hear the intros of Hall of Fame members and watch them take the stage. ” Gary is now counted among them. FTA EXPERIENCE (S) His fascination with flexographic printing, aligned him with FTA and carried him through a career that took him from the University of Kentucky to Hygrade Foods Corp. to Color Ad Packaging, Anagram International, Stone Container, and most recently, Hood Packaging. Hilliard held assignments that ranged from engineer to printing manager, graphics man- ager and technical manager. Gary, who served as FFTA’s chairman from 2008-2010, was a two-term member of that body, as well as FTA’s board of directors, having been elected in 2005. He received FTA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2011 and FLEXO Magazine’s Author’s Excellence Award in 2006. Most recently, he chaired the Flexo Quality Consortium’s (FQC’s) Standards Working Group. Past service to FTA included stints as Wide Web Council chair, and chair of the Expanded Color Gamut Subcommittee for Flexographic Image Reproduction Specifications and Tolerances (FIRST) 3rd Edition. He played an instrumental role in developing FIRST’s Design Guide and making it available in downloadable format. Midway through his career, Gary served as a judge in FTA’s Excellence in Flexography Awards competition, having himself engineered multiple pieces of award-winning flexographic print. On multiple occasions, he spoke at FTA events, primarily www.flexography.org may 2013 FLEXO 19