Friday, October 26, 2012

Arnold E. Grummer ~ August 19, 1923 - October 24, 2012

from Claude Aimée:

It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of Arnold E. Grummer, great paper enthusiast, great teacher, great human being, and loving father of Kim Grummer Schiedermayer, a member of this group.
Arnold Grummer was my first papermaking teacher through his papermaking videos and his books. That was back in 1999 and I'm still excited about papermaking today. Arnold Grummer had a way of simplifying the process and making it accessible to everyone, from children to adults. His books on hand papermaking are some of my favorite books and I recommend them to my students when they ask me which book they should buy first.
I am reproducing here part of his obituary, written by his wife of 64 years. The full obituary is in the file section Under «Arnold Grummer Obituary»

In 1961 Arnold E. Grummer joined the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton as Editor of Publications. 

Arnold gained his knowledge and excitement for the science of paper making from the staff and especially the scientists at the Institute. They generously shared their scientific knowledge with him as he wrote for many publications about their amazing experiments and achievements. 

As Arnold spent more and more time doing tours and publicizing the Institute, he asked then President John Strange, whom he greatly admired, to authorize funds for building a transparent model of the standard British hand sheet former. This was a tool from the labs for testing paper sheets and was standard world wide. Arnold saw this tool as a way to better explain the miracle (to him) of the bonding of the cellulose fiber. 

Funds were awarded and the tours were marvelous. Later, when management changed and emphasis on the move to Atlanta became the focus of the Institute, the machine was awarded to Arnold. He immediately named it The Great American Paper Machine (Arnold liked the word 'great') and with encouragement from his wife, he bought an orange-red van, had it painted with stars and stripes, and then took his demo, workshops, electron micrographs, and acquired knowledge of paper science and papermaking history on the road. 

He traveled from coast to coast and in Canada. His passion for hand papermaking spawned a small business, Greg Markim, Inc, or later Arnold Grummer's, as every where he went he inspired people to want to make paper, too. He had numerous opportunities to appear on TV and his demos are on youtube.

In addition to duties as General Editor, he was later appointed Curator of the Dard Hunter Paper Museum, housed at the Institute. Here he facilitated research and networking among founders of the hand papermaking movement in America which grew into The Friends of Dard Hunter, an association of paper, book and letter arts. The Friends awarded Arnold their Lifetime Achievement Award in part `for sharing your infectious joy of the craft with us all.»
ADDENDUM: From FDH Executive Director Betsy Dollar's E-mail

...Arnold E. Grummer died on October 24th at Cherry Meadows Hospice of lung cancer. He and his entire family had just celebrated his induction into the Paper Industry Hall of Fame on October 11, 2012..

He was a devoted husband to his  wife of 64 years, Mabe,  and a loving father to  his children  Mark (Ellen Mahan), Greg (Janet Malmon), and Kim (Dave) Schiedermayer who were the joy and focus of his life. He is survived by sisters Erna Schmidt and Sylvia Grummer of Denver, IA  and brother Harold of Santa Rosa, CA. He is also survived by grandchildren Jon (Becky Gelinas), Fall River, MA;  Dan (sweetheart Clare Vander Woude) Madison, WI;  Ellie ( sweetheart Sam McColley), Bozeman, MT;  Eddie Grummer and Billy Grummer, Washington, DC, and Jack Grummer, Milwaukee, WI.  He was preceded in death by his beloved son, Mark Grummer (2008), his parents, by brothers Louis, Arthur, Leonard, and Norman, and sisters Olga Kolb and Norma Jean and a nephew Larry Grummer.

            He was lovingly cared for during the final days of his life by his family and Theda Care At Home, Dr. Swanson and the staff at Cherry Meadows Hospice. Arnie had a long life in part due to the excellent medical care he received at Appleton Medical Center. Our own Dr. Dave was there for Arnie over and over. We as a family especially want to thank Appleton Cardiology, Dr.Zhou, Dr. Harding and Dr. Abouzelam and ancillary nursing staff at AMC.  
            A service of celebration will be held at Faith Lutheran Church in Appleton, WI on Monday at 11 am. Visiting with family and friends at 9:30 - 11 at the church, luncheon to follow in the church fellowship hall.

            In lieu of flowers, Arnold's favorite organizations are Leaven, the Paper Discovery Center and the Radio Ministry of Faith Lutheran Church.


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