Dr. Richard Theodore Waibel, 67, passed away December 8th, 2011. He is survived by: his wife Frances; sons: Ethan, Matthew, and Brian; grandchildren: Mercedes, Cameron, and Phoenix; stepmother: Bea; brother: Dennis, his wife, and their family, not to mention many fly fishing peers. He received a PhD in Fuel Science from Penn State University. Director of Combustion Technology at John Zink Company, Dr. Waibel was widely known in the field of emission control for industrial processes. For many years he held a leadership role in the American Flame Research Committee and International Flame Research Foundation. His profession made him a world traveler, and he has friends on nearly every continent. An avid fly fisherman, even the trout are going to miss what he had to offer. The family invites friends of Dr. Waibel to donate to research for finding a cure for pancreatic cancer.
It is with great sadness that we inform the IFRF Membership of the passing away last Thursday of former IFRF President Dick Waibel. ... Dick was well known and much appreciated within the IFRF community, having served for many years as Chairman of the American Flame Research Committee, and then, from January 2007 to December 2010, as IFRF President.
It is with great sorrow that I read the MNM news of IFRF on passed away of Dr. Richard T. Waibel. We are certain that his passing must be a great loss to AFRC, as he had made so much contribution to AFRC. It was always a pleasure to meet him and we keep in mind the very nice time we spend together in many events and meetings. We deeply appreciate that Dick had always been taking JFRC to his heart in spite of we JFRC had withdrawn from JC of IFRF.
On behalf of JFRC, please give our condolences, and those of his many friends within the JFRC, to his family and to his colleagues in AFRC.
- Susumu Mochida, Chairman, JFRC (Japanese Flame Research Committee)
I have just seen the sad news of Dick's untimely passing and want to ask you to pass on both my own and my colleagues in British Flame's deepest sympathy to his family. Dick was a good friend to his many colleagues here in the UK and will be fondly remembered for his easy manner in all his dealings, a true gentleman.
- Roger Dudill, Chairman, British Flame Research Committee
"I think it was in the late-70s that I first met Dick when he was with IGT out there on State Street in South Chicago. Anyway it was before Dick joined John Zink which, by the way, was one of the best things that ever happened to John Zink Company, LLC. Without a question of a doubt, Richard T. Waibel was and is one of the finest men I have ever known. Our countless collegial encounters and many technical triumphs that we shared over the years, not to mention the occasional technical and other pickles that we got ourselves into and had to fight our way out of, were and will remain a priceless part of my life experience. I am devastated by his untimely departure and will tell him so in no uncertain terms when I see him next. I know that, as usual, he will already be there grinning at me and asking, "Where you been?" God broke the mold when He made Dr. Dick. God bless all of you and all those of us who were privileged to know, and benefit from, our acquaintance with Richard T. Waibel, PhD."
- Jim Seebold