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FLEXO Magazine : May 2014
request and the industry program was very impressive. Page gave so much of himself to his students and the industry at large. His service to FTA was substantial, particularly when it came to developing workshops and co sponsored programs. "For Graphic Arts students, Clemson was and is a won- derful campus," Brown explained. "From Page's glory days, straight through to this day, students and faculty engage in a mutual admiration society and that is a nice thing to see." Page was an active member of FTA's Process Color Stan- dards Committee, FlexSys Advisory Committee and served as an Excellence in Flexography Awards competition judge and a two term member of FTA's Board of Directors and its Foundation's Board of Trustees (1987-1993). His work with the FlexSys Advisory Committee was respon- sible for his selection as a recipient of FTA's 1993 President's Award. That year, he was instrumental in research work--- Ftrop---and briefed the findings of this parallel project to Flexo Quality Consortium work at Forum 1994. Oratory skills were exemplified beyond the Clemson class- room as Page took to the stage at Forum 1989 to deliver an address: "Statistical Process Control for Web Printers---How to Measure The Flexographic Process." He followed that up in 1993 with yet another presentation, "UV Flexo: An Educator 's Viewpoint," which he converted to a FLEXO® article. His most famous work when putting pen to paper: Flexo Primer. Fellow Hall of Fame Member Jean Jackson recalled first meeting Page in 1986 at a hands on flexo printing workshop. Then in early 1989, he put together a flexo conference at Clemson University with FTA as a co sponsor. "More than 200 people were there for the conference where four flexo printers from corrugated, flexible packaging, labels and preprint spoke to what they've seen, what they were doing and what they needed to move flexography forward, and it was support- ed with technical sessions from industry specialists." "Page always had a relationship with industry," Jackson remarked. "He believes in diversifying---talking to all and learning from everybody. He's the ultimate student, always driving forward and forever engaging people. Page was good about pushing the whole movement to drive toward printing to the numbers. He is big on getting kids engaged and involved. While not an easy teacher, he believes in people and pushes them to new levels. He likes to be pushed himself as well. Page is a perpetual student. People still come to him for advice." His network, according to Jackson, meets frequently for breakfast at Paw 's Diner---"The Diner "---located right on the edge of the Clemson campus and there is always some discussion of printing. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS At one point or another, Page Crouch has been honored by the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen, National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL), Interna- tional Publishing Management Association, Printing Industries Association of the Carolinas, Printing Industries Association of Georgia, Education Council of the Graphic Arts and Graphic Arts Sales Foundation. Counted among significant milestones: his 1994 induction into the Academy of Screen Printing Technology and 2007 installation into NAPL's Walter E. Soderstrom Society. Beyond FTA, he was long active in the Association of Inde- pendent Corrugated Converters, Tag and Label Manufactur- ers Institute, The Association for The Pulp and Paper Industry, Graphic Arts Technical Foundation, Gravure Association of America, Envelope Manufacturers Association, International Graphic Arts Education Association, International Associa- tion of Diecutting and Diemaking, International Corrugated Packaging Foundation and The Specialty Graphics Imaging Association. STUDENT & TEACHER Page Crouch is the embodiment of a saying etched on the façade of many school buildings across America, "Those who dare to teach, must never cease to learn." Former students praise his dedication and commitment to always looking for better ways to do things. Schawk's Neil Harrelson has known Page for more than 40 years and takes pride in being one of his earliest students. "I was in all his classes. He taught; we listened. He asked, 'What do you really want to do and how are you going to get there?' His message was, 'Everything has a cause and effect.' Page encouraged us to think about it. He touched thousands as a teacher. He was enthusiastic and gave us guidance. When you did something, you owned it! "Page liked to be a hands on instructor, not an adminis- trator," Harrelson noted. "He built the program at Clemson. Forty years ago, we did color separations with filters; now we hit a button. We set type---an archaic practice today---but we learned a lot from it and it was fun. "Dr. Crouch told us, 'Don't be afraid to work backward.' He instilled in us the basics of printing. His advice was always, 'If you don't have it, build it.' I have a patent on mounting equipment as a result---all because he inspired me to think analytically about what is going on and said, 'You can't solve a problem until you know what it is.' To this day, Page is a very good friend." Reminiscing about non academic life, Harrelson remem- bered being recruited to assist Page in building a house on Lake Hartwell. "Being from California, Page had a VW bus, which we loaded full with decorative rocks and boulders. His artistic view was that the rocks and their different colors and shapes would make for pretty landscaping. Who's afraid of a little back breaking work?" A wooded, lakeside abode was the perfect fit, Harrelson decreed. "Page is a 'skier ' and coached the water skiing team at Clemson for years. He always had boats. He loves photography and flowers and has even installed a zip line in the woods." Retired flexographer Tim Wake's early introduction to package printing came through one of Page Crouch's and Clemson University 's workshops. "I got started with the flexo course---where I was exposed to all the basics and lived and breathed flexo after it," he recalled. "Page preached to all of his students, myself included, that they needed to pick brains of industry people that were there." 26 FLEXO | MAY 2014