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July 2013 - Sam Robinson passed away

Written by Administrator
Saturday, 15 June 2013 08:58

A Bit of Sad News

From time to time we are reminded that the NDT industry, or business, consists of people, as well as specifications, companies, test methods, products, and other technical or material subjects that make up our daily lives. When things happen that impact us as friends, acquaintances, or business associates, the PENETRANT PROFESSOR makes note of them. So it is with sadness that we report that our good friend, business associate, ASNT mover and shaker, and NDT luminary, Sam Robinson, has died from cancer.

Sam had worked for Magnaflux, along with Mike White, and he eventually joined with Amos Sherwin at Sherwin, Inc. His presence was felt in every aspect of the NDT business. He was an active member of all of the relevant committees, where his knowledge and experience made him an important contributor to the specifications that we deal with on a daily basis. No point was too small or insignificant to escape his comments or criticism, occasionally to the dismay of those who just wished that the meetings would end, but he always focused on what should be correct and easy to interpret. His presence will be sorely missed by all of us who came into contact with him, regardless of whether we were his customer, his competitor, an associate on a committee, or just another person in the NDT business. Sam leaves big shoes to fill.

Reprinted, with the permission of Bill MOOZ, from the June 2013 edition of "The Penetrant Professor" authored by Bill MOOZ and Michael WHITE of Met-L-Chek, on this Website.


One of us knew him very well and may add the following comment:

“My relationship with Sam was not that easy. Like some NDT “heros”, he had a strong personality. He did not thoroughly read the European and ISO standards. Only U.S. documents were important for him. I always felt he was talking with me just for fun.
This was typically Sam.’’

Last Updated ( Saturday, 15 June 2013 09:08 )