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Norm Shroyer — a true inspiration

To the Editor:

Our local community was saddened last Thursday to learn of the death of 88-year-old Norm Shroyer. He was quiet by nature but below the surface was a caring, giving, and community-oriented man. He always had a pleasant greeting accompanied by a huge smile.

He retired from Union Camp Corporation, the last 23 years as director of the technical department. In that capacity he supervised a large team of engineers, chemists, and technicians. Their efforts developed new and improved methods of papermaking that were safer and much more environmentally friendly. This new technology was especially beneficial for the bleaching of pulp to produce white fine papers.

Norm was dedicated to this community and demonstrated his commitment with his attendance, volunteering, and financial assistance. Before COVID-19 prevented in-person Friday meetings of the Rotary Club, I had the good fortune to sit with him most weeks and benefit greatly from the wisdom of his points of view on many issues.

He was dedicated to his wife, Mary, for over 63 years, to his son and daughter, and to his employees and community. His absence will, no doubt, create an irreplaceable void.

Robert N. Holt

Franklin