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La Verne Ward Spring

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La Verne Ward Spring (c1876-1932)

1932 Obituary [1]

MR. LA VERNE WARD SPRING died on March 23, 1932, at the age of 56.

He was born in Coldwater, Michigan, and attended the University of Michigan, from which he graduated with an A.B. degree in chemistry. After serving for some time as chemist with the Illinois Steel Company, South Chicago, Ill., he accepted a similar position with the Wolverine Portland Cement Company. Later he returned to the Illinois Steel Company to undertake metallurgical and superintendency work in the plate mill.

In 1906 he became connected with the Crane Company, Chicago, with whom he remained to the day of his death. Here he served first as chemist, and was later placed in charge of the laboratories.

In 1914 he was promoted to chief chemist and metallurgist. Mr. Spring, jointly with J. J. Kanter, received the Charles B. Dudley Medal in 1929. The medal was awarded by the American Society for Testing Materials, following the presentation of a paper on research on engineering materials. He was presented with a posthumous John A. Penton Gold Medal by the American Foundrymen's Association for outstanding service to the foundry industry.

He was the author of an interesting book on "Non-Technical Chats on Iron and Steel" and of many papers for the technical press, one of which was an American Foundrymen's Association exchange paper on "Considerations and Tests for Cast Materials for High-Temperature High-Pressure Service" for the Institute of British Foundrymen, which was read in 1931.

Mr. Spring was a member of the American Foundrymen's Association committees on cast iron, non-ferrous metals, and malleable iron, and represented that association and the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers on the advisory committee to the U.S. Bureau of Standards. He also served on various committees of the American Society for Testing Materials and was a member of the joint American Society for Testing Materials--American Society of Mechanical Engineers committee on research on the effect of temperature on the properties of metals. He was also a member of the American Society for Steel Treating, the American Chemical Society, and the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers.

Mr. Spring was a great lover of art; photography was one of his greatest hobbies and some of his landscape photographs won recognition in nation-wide contests. He was also an expert player of several musical instruments.

Mr. Spring was elected a Member of the Institute of Metals on March 8, 1926.

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