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FLEXO Magazine : May 2014
• “Multiple choices lead to multiple successes” • “Start at the top and work your way up” • “Perfection is not optional” • “When faced without a challenge, make one” • “‘No,’ simply means begin again at one higher level” • “Patience is a virtue but persistence to the point of suc- cess is a blessing” • “When in doubt, THINK” Dr. J . Page Crouch, the man of the moment, alumni professor emeritus of graphic communications at Clemson University in Clemson, SC, taught for more than 30 years and later started his own consulting business—Print Education & Training LLC. He has always been clued in to the state of the industry and in close contact with the supplier community. Take this glimpse into the future that he offered up several years ago. “Direct print corrugated promises to continue its growth in high end enhanced graphics. The capability of the flexo process is proven. Sleeves will become the dominant plate cylinder approach in wide web applications. Leaders will demonstrate to the rest that the scientific approach works and the process is very repeatable when treated as a total system. Customers will specify color by the numbers. De- signers and prepress producers will be calibrated and rely on the numbers, too.” BRIEF BIOGRAPHY Born Feb. 3 , 1942 in San Diego, CA, he was reared by par- ents James E. Crouch, a college professor who taught biology and anatomy at San Diego State, and Mary Page Crouch. He grew up alongside his sister, Jeanette Crouch Rigopoulos. Page Crouch graduated from San Diego State College, where he cut his own teaching teeth for two years as a grad- uate assistant. He moved on to a high school position for two years in Columbia, MO, while pursuing his doctorate (EDD) at the University of Missouri. Page and his wife Diane married in 1965 and upon graduation in 1968, migrated to Clemson, where Page made his mark. To this day, he is widely credited with leading the develop- ment of the school’s graphic communications program. He dedicated a career to preparing students for the printing and packaging industries and was responsible for the develop- ment of the University ’s hands on industry training programs used by employers across the globe. Under his tutelage, Clemson University developed a flexo capability that it describes as “second to none in an Ameri- can educational setting.” He taught flexography, offset, gra- vure and screen printing—and given the chance, still will. Page and Diane have one son, Jeffrey Page Crouch, born July 4, 1970, now the proprietor of J.C Sports, a retail high end boat dealer and pro shop, where Page is often found assisting and talking up wake boards, water skiing, pontoon boats and what- ever else customers ask for. Page and Mary are also proud grandparents to Jeff ’s daughters, Mary Page, 13, and Sarah, 9 . SERVICE TO FTA Speaker, committee member, researcher, judge, instructor, author and member of the board of directors—all were roles that Page Crouch filled in volunteer service to FTA over the course of his career. While each contributed to his election to the Hall of Fame, several brought him recognition. For example, in the summer of 1984, Page debuted his “Ed- ucators’ Challenge.” It was a two week, scholarship funded seminar that he taught and labeled the “Summer Institute in Flexography.” The purpose: to motivate other instructors, expose them to real world situations, get them and keep them excited about flexography and what it had to offer to their students. It was an early workshop in a long line. Other ex- amples include 1989’s “Process Printing by Flexography ” and 1993’s “Corrugated Graphics And Color Symposium.” Co sponsored industry workshops, involving Clemson University ’s Graphic Communications Department and FTA, became a mainstay of both Crouch’s legacy and resume. Charlie Brown, FTA Hall of Fame member, recalled, “The Graphic Arts program that Page put together was probably one of the best in the country. I spoke on 4-color process at his MAY 2014 | FLEXO 25