In Memorium

Kathleen Haugen
Active NECA member Kathleen Hill Haugen passed away at age 54 on October 13, 2015. Kathleen had worked for the United States Justice Department and Exxon Mobil early in her career, and was the CEO and Founder of Haugen Consulting since 1995. She was an expert in the field of demurrage analysis and had traveled the world developing her business and leading seminars in the industry. Her obituary notes that she was “an avid golfer, fitness enthusiast, successful entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She swam regularly, and had completed eight marathons and a number of triathlons.”

Bob Kennedy
Past NECA member Robert Kennedy passed away on July 4, 2014. Bob earned his degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Iowa and joined the chemical marketing department of Gulf Oil in 1970. He stayed with the company with the merger of Gulf and Chevron in 1985 and the merger of Chevron and Phillips Chemical, retiring from Chevron in 2000. He subsequently became President and CEO of Get Plastics/Resinate Corp and founded R.E. Kennedy and Associates. He was also a director for the Port of Rotterdam, and served on the board of directors for publicly traded companies as well as chairmanships with several chemical industry associations. He was a Chairman of the Petrochemicals Committee and Vice President of the Executive Committee of the National Petrochemicals and Refining Association, as well as serving as President of the Founders Club. His obituary notes that “he loved the Petrochemical Industry and the many friends he would make around the world.”

Rick Sun
Active NECA member Kuo-Tung “Rick” Sun passed away on February 14, 2014. Rick was a longtime employee of Formosa Plastics USA, working with the Olefins group at the company’s Point Comfort site.

Chuck Waggner
Longtime NECA member Chuck Waggner passed away on December 17, 2013. Chuck was a graduate of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Maryland, where he was the captain of the university’s cross country team. He later obtained a juris doctor degree from Loyola University in Chicago. Chuck enjoyed a long career in the petrochemical industry, first working for Standard Oil in Baltimore and then with Cosden Oil in Illinois and New York before becoming a partner and executive vice president of Darien-based Esselen Associates, where he worked for many years. He became an avid marathon runner in his forties, competing in more than 70 marathons, including events in New York, Boston, Houston and London. Chuck was a fixture at NECA’s New York luncheon well into his seventies.

Ed Steele
One of NECA’s longtime members, Ed Steele, passed away on February 13, 2012. Ed’s career in the chemical industry spanned more than 40 years. He began his career with Texaco, which brought him to New Jersey during the 1970s. He retired in 2003 from Georgia Gulf, where he was the company’s Northeast Regional Sales Manager and methanol commercial manager. Ed was an active member of NECA’s for many years. He was awarded an honorary NECA membership after his retirement from the industry, and continued to serve on the Scholarship Committee. He held a BS in chemical engineering from Purdue University. In addition to NECA, Ed was a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He also served for 30 years in the United States Army Reserve.

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