William “Bill” Reynolds, Reynolds Welding Supply
Bill Reynolds, 73, loved the gases and welding business. He and his brothers Michael and Thomas followed in their father James’ footsteps. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Reynolds was vice president of Reynolds Welding Supply in Mankato, Minnesota, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Welders Supply located in Willmar, St. Cloud and Worthington, Minnesota; and Twin City Oxygen in the Twin Cities area.
He worked hard to better the industry, serving as zone vice president of the National Welding Supply Association (now GAWDA), and as president of MAAD -- the Midwest Association of Airco Distributors (now Linde Distributors Association).
"One of the joys of working in this industry is the outstanding people that you meet,” says Bob McEniry, chairman of nexAir. "Bill Reynolds personified what constitutes a person who builds a family entrepreneurial business. He was passionate about his family, his employees and his customers." Terry Hall, a Linde consultant for independent distributor business, adds, "Bill worked for the good of the industry. He was very active in the Midwest, promoting business growth through loyalty and knowledge. He will be missed.”
Regardless of the fact that Mr. Reynolds made four holes-in-one, his favorite sport was college basketball, particularly the University of Minnesota's Golden Gophers.
Bill is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan Spahr Reynold, brother Michael, sister Mary Johnson and her husband Karl, sister-in-law Lois Reynolds and other relatives.
Dexter F. Baker, Former Air Products CEO
Dexter F. Baker, the former CEO of Air Products, died at the age of 85. Mr. Baker was elected president and chief operating officer in 1978, and in 1986 became the company's third chief executive officer, as well as chairman of the board. Mr. Baker retired from Air Products in 1992 and from the executive committee of the board in 1998. "He was a pioneer for Air Products in many ways," says John McGlade, Air Products' current CEO. "He was very good at setting tough goals, one of which was globalizing Air Products, and he led the way in achieving this."