In Memoriam: John Badner, Long-Time Employee of SPI Member Whitford Corporation

August 24, 2012

After a two-year fight against cancer, John Badner, a long-time employee of SPI member company Whitford Corporation, passed away at the age of 70 on July 25 at his residence in West Chester, PA. Whitford, a coatings manufacturer, has been an active member of the SPI Fluoropolymers Division and Badner served on its Coatings Section in the early 2000s.

Badner met Dave Willis in the mid-sixties, when Badner was a postal deliveryman (with a degree in chemistry from Penn State). He was later hired by LNP Engineering Plastics, where Willis was working. Once Willis founded Whitford, he hired Badner. According to a statement issued by the company, Badner joined Whitford as a salesman in 1982. He spent his career in the sales and marketing areas, expanding his responsibilities over the years, particularly in the international arena.  He also oversaw Whitford's retail marketing team, and was key in its development.

John Badner is survived by his wife Clare, son Geoff, granddaughter Sasha, and brother Jim. 

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