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FLEXO Magazine : May 2014
Perpetual Student & Flexographer Forever Dr. J. Page Crouch Is Welcomed Into FTA Hall of Fame By Robert Moran Horticulturalist, water sports enthusiast, coach, mentor, researcher; hot rodder, lab rat, taskmaster, author, photographer, philosopher and so much more. This man, the 52nd inductee into Flexographic Technical Asso- ciation’s Hall of Fame, rises early and allows his day to be consumed by his passions. Flexography and every other form of printing have been one of them—decade after decade—to- taling some 50 years. Family and friends will tell you that he has never received a birthday card or wrapped present that did not have a mag- nifying glass put to it before being opened; prompting him to explain to all present what was done, as well as the process or processes responsible and procedures followed. He considers himself a student of printing, who owes a great deal to his own teachers—starting with his parents, his father being an educator and author—and then being in- spired by his first flexo teacher, George Oswald, and the likes of Mark Andrews Sr. and Jim Smith. Known to many by the words he professed, his “laws” to live and work by, make him easily recognizable. They include: PAGE’S PROFILE • Student of printing • Friend of industry • Proponent of internships • Initiator of Educators’ Challenge Scholarships • Author of Flexo Primer • Advocate of basics of printing and hands on instruction • Analytic thinker and problem solver • Teacher, trainer, researcher, facilitator and connection maker 24 FLEXO | MAY 2014 FTA TODAY