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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


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