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Robert "Bob" Davison, FTA Mainstay, Dies at 56

Appleton, WI -- Robert F. “Bob” Davison, of Appleton, WI, passed away Oct. 14, surrounded by family. He was 56. Born in Queens, NY, Davison married his wife Colleen Lazarus in 1976, and they have three children. As vice president of sales and service for Siegwerk USA, Davison relished working hard, meeting new people and traveling to new places. He especially enjoyed traveling to Europe where he met and worked with many colleagues throughout the years. He is survived by his wife; son, John; two daughters Keri and Eileen; and grandchildren Henry, Mason and Parker.

As a committed member of the flexographic community for more than 35 years, Davison was intimately involved in the betterment of the industry. For years he served as the chair, Technical innovation Award Committee and as an FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards judge. Davison also held the position of co-chair of the Flexo Quality Consortium (FQC) Press Characterization Committee. As a dedicated flexo professional, he participated in the FQC Steering Committee.

At one point Davison served as FFTA Forum Wide Web session chair; sat on the Supplier Leadership Council; and was an active FFTA Forum speaker.

A past pressman himself, Davison once told FLEXO, “Establishing sound manufacturing practices and printing to the numbers builds customer confidence.” In addition to Siegwerk, Davison built his career at firms including: Color Converting Industries, Pechiney Plastic Packaging, American National Can, R.J. Reynolds and Georgia-Pacific.

In 1996, Davison was presented the FTA President’s Award in recognition and appreciation for his positive effect on the flexographic community, the association and its membership. Memorial gifts in Davison’s memory can be made to the MDA or American Cancer Society.