engineers on the test track, and comfortable with his dealers, and he always looked for new solutions with the academic community through such programs as the Sunrayce global competition.
Throughout his career, Bob continued to support many engineering associations and at the time of his death was a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and a fellow and past president of the Engineering Society of Detroit. Also, he was chairman of the Great Lakes Council of Industries, whose mission is to provide industry with the water it needs while improving water quality in the Great Lakes basin. Also, at his death he was a member of the Electric Drive Transportation Association’s Board of Directors. He worked closely with the American Society for Quality Control, helping provide a national, long-range focus on quality, including emphasis on applied research and education. As a longtime student of Dr. W. Edwards Deming, Bob was committed to quality in every aspect of business activities and the concept of teamwork in the workplace.
Bob was also active in community educational and charitable organizations. He held such positions as trustee of the Detroit Country Day School, advisory council member of Junior Achievement of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan, director of the Michigan State University Business Alumni Association, advisory board member of the university’s International Business Development, and trustee of the university Research Association. Bob was also director of the Economic Club of Detroit and received the Leadership Award from the Engineering Society of Detroit. In 2001 he was awarded the Soichiro Honda Medal for technical and business leadership in the automotive industry and for his role in the development of the catalytic converter and nickel metal hydride battery. In 2002 he received the Golden Omega Award for leadership in the automotive industry.
Despite the demands of his engineering leadership in such areas as the catalytic converter, Bob always had time for a journalist, a car enthusiast, or a GM owner who happened to