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In Memoriam

Conrad Naber



by Lara Overschmidt


The Nabertherm GmbH grieves for their company founder and former managing director, Mr. Conrad Naber, who died on January 29, 2018 at the age of 95. Mr. Naber founded the company in Bremen in September 1947 and in the following years developed it into an internationally renowned furnace manufacturer. Moving the company to Lilienthal in 1954, he provided for the necessary space for a continuous expansion.


As founder and president, he managed the company for a period of two generations, down to earth and close to his employees until 2001. Afterwards, he continued to accompany the further expansion as chairman of the Supervisory Board. Mr. Naber has timely set the course for the future successful development of the enterprise. Even after leaving the Supervisory Board, he continued to follow closely the further growth of his life achievement until the end. Today, the Nabertherm brand is the worldwide synonym for innovation and quality in furnace design and manufacturing, Made in Germany.

The management honors with great respect the extraordinary lifetime achievement of Conrad Naber. As a model entrepreneur in the post-war period he built and courageously expanded a business under difficult conditions, providing for attractive and safe jobs to his ever-growing workforce.


He entrusted his entrepreneurial legacy to his successors with the expectation that they would continue to shape and develop the company in his interest into the future. The management of Nabertherm is deeply grateful for this trust and is aware of their commitment.


The first furnaces produced by Conrad Naber in Bremen were pottery kilns. Over the decades, Nabertherm has developed into one of the world’s leading manufacturer of furnaces and equipment for a broad range of heat treatment processes. With respect to ceramic applications, Nabertherm supplies today not only furnaces but also standard and customized systems for the debinding and sintering of technical ceramics which are used worldwide in research/laboratory and production.



The following deceased ACerS members are organized as their information is received.


William Hillig


Leslie Eric Cross


Richard Alan Alliegro


Hans Hausner


William McCracken


Neil Ault


Larry Hench


Joel Moskowitz


S. Donald Stookey


Warren W. Wolf


J. Lambert Bates


Robert W. Richards


Marija Kosec


Leslie J. Bowen


Irv Gower


Matthew Kerper


Thomas J. Mroz


Alan Searcy


Irvin F. Havens


C. Rogers Westlake


Torstein Utigard


William “Bill” Bates


John A. Cable


Reldon Cooper


Charles J. Deignan Sr.


Robert Hatch


Coy L. Huffine


Gordon H. Johnson


Lyle E. Shoot


Seymour A. Bortz


Gian Nicola Babini (former president of International Ceramic Federation, the European Ceramic Society and organizer of ICC2)


Andre Ezis


Henry M. O’Bryan Jr.


Jules Routbort


Eva Zeisel (honory member)


Gary Schlager


Harrison Corbin Van Cott


Alan Franklin


Wendell S. Williams


Robert C. Weedy


Roy Victor Harrington


Robert L. Snyder


Russell L. Yeckley


Charles Venable Jr.


G. S. Dhami



Fennimore Nelson Bradley


Roy W. Rice


Gunter Hermann


John Randall Wheeler


Tsuneharu Ogasawara


Elizabeth “Beth” Judson


Yoshiro Harada


James Dean Welterlen


Rustum Roy


Roy E. Gorton Sr.


Osgood James Whittemore


George Kepka


George C. Steer


Robert J. Long


Jay Comeforo


Norman K. Russell


William Brown


Kenneth Lawrence “Larry” Stover


Frederick F. Lange


Winston Duckworth


Charles Bachman


David R. Watson


James G. Gibson


John S. Haggerty


Robert K. Longritz


Francis (Fritz) W. Henry


James J. Mattis


Richard Renskers


Silas Larson


James V. Jones


Anthony G. Evans


Peter J. Hoagland


L.W. Coughanour


Stephan Mitoff


J. Walter Szymaszek


Robert Newnham


David W. Kellerman


Randall C. Ragan


Janet B. Quinn


Basil G. Staples


Walter Bennett


Edward P. Schauss


Henry Paul Kirchner


Carlton H. Hogue


Edgar Ronald Tostevin


Alfred Dube


Megumi Tashiro


Ronald Stanton Gordon


Robert H. Doremus


John “Jay” P. Gleason Jr


Helmut Franz


Please contact Eileen De Guire with questions or to provide a notice or update.

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