Edgar Gutoff recently passed away. He was a pioneer in the development of fundamental Web Coating and Drying technology of continuous webs. His research publications, Industrial consulting and teaching efforts resulted in major advances and a wider understanding of this technology.
Ed was a senior Principal Engineer at Polaroid and published many coating technology articles during his tenure there. After his retirement, he was an Industrial Consultant and helped many companies to improve their coating technology.
He was also an educator. He was an adjunct professor at Northeastern University teaching chemical engineering. In addition, he also taught many Coating Technology Continuing Education courses as a consultant and for the A.I.Ch.E and AIMCAL. He was an active member of the technical advisory committee of the Center for Interfacial Engineering at the University of Minnesota Coating Fundamentals program.
Ed encouraged the sharing of technical information. He and John Tallmadge co-organized the first AIChE Symposium on the Fluid Mechanics of Thin Film Coating. Ed was on the AIChE area 1k Steering Committee that organized these symposia until 1994 when it evolved into a separate organization known as the International Society of Coating Science and Technology (ISCST).
He co-authored three books: "The Application of Statistical Process Control to Roll Projects" (with P. J. Frost), "Modern Coating and Drying Technology" (with E.D. Cohen) and "Coating and Drying Defects" (with E. D. Cohen).
Ed was a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering, and in 1994 was awarded the inaugural John A. Tallmadge Award for Contributions to Coating Technology.
Those who knew Ed remember him as a true gentleman. His pervasive smile and curiosity will be missed.