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Industry vet Nick Rosato dies

Plastics News, Angie DeRosa, -- August 02, 2004 -- Noted plastics industry engineer and writer Dominick Rosato died July 26 at his home in Chatham, Mass., from kidney failure. He was 83.

The “plastics engineer's plastic engineer” was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame last year, after being nominated by Nick Schott from the Department of Plastics Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. The school already owed a debt to Rosato: He had lobbied the Massachusetts Legislature in the 1950s to get a plastics program. “It's conservative to say that Nick's entire body of work has strongly influenced a half million plastics professions over his career,'' Schott told Plastics News for a June 2003 Hall of Fame profile on Rosato.

Rosato had a 60-year career full of highlights: He authored 28 applied plastic handbooks, created more than 75 plastic products with timeless firsts in military applications, and was dedicated for 50 years to more than 20 plastics- and related-industry societies including the Plastics Institute of America Board of Trustees. Rosato's first plastics technical writing dates to 1944 during World War II. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology still uses Rosato's 1968 book, Environmental Effects on Polymeric Materials. “He just liked plastics,” son Don Rosato said July 30 by telephone. “He remained a plastics engineer all his life.”

Rosato's funeral was held July 31 in Providence, R.I. In addition to his son, he also is survived by his wife, Virginia Rosato, and a daughter.


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