Posted at www.plasticscemter.org Nov 12, 2007
John (Jack) Keville, industry icon, passes away at 96... Jack Keville, a member of the Plastics Hall of Fame and a driving force behind the founding of the National Plastics Center (NPC) and Museum in his hometown of Leominster, Mass., died last week at the age of 96. An associate professional member of SPI, Keville received a Recognition Award from the Society's New England Section in 1985. A member "emeritus" of SPE, Keville was also founding chairman of the Rigid Plastics Container Committee of the Packaging Institute and a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. Keville's 60 years in the plastics industry will be most remembered for the efforts he made to promote public awareness of the benefits of plastics in our daily lives.
He joined the Plastics Division of Celanese Corp. in 1938, eventually achieving the position of assistant general sales manager. In 1964, he joined Standard Pyroxoloid Company in Leominster. From 1964 to 1984, he served in various sales positions with Brea Chemical Division of Union Oil of California, Ludlow Corp.'s Flexible Plastics Packaging Division, and the Polymer Chemicals Division of W. R. Grace Co. He ultimately ran a manufacturers' representative business before retiring in 1980. Keville then pursued his dream of building a museum and center for the plastics industry in his hometown. The NPC, home to a plastics museum and hall of fame, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. On the building's third floor is the Keville Room --named in Jack's honor, it is an expansive room with a cathedral ceiling that can seat 250 guests for special functions.
Jack Keville has two children, Anne Siderius and John L. Keville, four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to The National Plastics Center, 210 Lancaster Street, Leominster, MA 01453