By Eileen DeGuire
Former ACerS Bulletin editor Pat Janeway died on Nov. 27, 2020, after an illness.
Janeway began her long career in publishing at Cahners Publishing Co. in Des Plaines, Ill., as a circulation manager, working her way through the editorial ranks to editor of Ceramic Industry magazine. She stayed with CI as editor when it was sold first to Corcoran Communications and then to Business News Publishing Co. She came to the Society in 1994 as editor of Ceramic Bulletin (now called ACerS Bulletin), a role she served for 12 years.
Janeway made the switch to “the other side of the desk” in December 2006 when she took on the role of associate publisher and selling advertising, exhibit booth space, and sponsorships for the Bulletin, ceramicSOURCE Buyer’s Guide, and ACerS various meetings and exhibits. She retired in December 2013.
Having spent her entire career in publishing for the ceramic and glass industry, Janeway knew the industry intimately. Mark Mecklenborg, executive director, recalls, “Pat built and maintained a rich network in the industry. She was an outstanding editor because she really knew our industry and its information needs. Pat was a keen reporter, and she knew exactly who to call for the latest scoop.”
As editor, she influenced an entire generation of ceramic and glass professionals. She guided the Bulletin through its transformation from a manufacturing emphasis to a broader content profile that included emerging technologies, more emphasis on business trends, and industry perspectives. At the same time, she raised the profile of ACerS members and corporate members. Janeway adapted as the internet emerged and disrupted traditional publishing business assumptions, embracing the new opportunities of online platforms.
Janeway’s knowledge was invaluable to new staff. “When I first joined the staff, Pat was a mentor, helping me understand not only the Society, but the industry as a whole. She was thoroughly versed in the community, and a good communicator,” says Charlie Spahr, retired executive director.
Mecklenborg says, “Pat was an invaluable resource for the Society, but also for the ceramic and glass industry. Her legacy persists today, and we miss her greatly.”