By Glenn Bell, CEO
Below, is an article Tom Schwartz prepared for ASTM Standardization News, which describes one of the significant accomplishments of his term as Chairman of ASTM International Board of Directors.
Tom’s term as ASTM Chair, now nearing completion, was the culmination of his distinguished career-long contribution to ASTM. Tom became involved in ASTM activities in 1982, following in the footsteps of two of his SGH mentors, Werner Gumpertz and Carl Cash, both ASTM giants in their own right.
Tom’s 32 yr long association with ASTM involved tremendous work on Committee E06, Performance of Building Construction. In this, Tom was responsible, directly and indirectly, for many standards for building-envelope materials and systems. I had the privilege of working with Tom on ASTM E1233 – Standard Test Method for Structural Performance of Exterior Windows, Doors, Skylights, and Curtain Walls by Cyclic Air Pressure Differential. Tom skillfully guided and negotiated the standard through the review and approval process. Tom was an active member on Committees E06 on Performance of Buildings, C14 on Glass and Glass Products, and E58 on Forensic Engineering. He also served as Chairman for Subcommittee E06.55 on Performance of Building Enclosures for 23 yrs. For his contributions over the years, Tom received the 2006 ASTM International Walter C. Voss Award, the 1994 ASTM International Award of Merit, the 1987 Engineering-News Record Award for Contribution to Engineering, and a Service Award from the ASTM Board of Directors in 2008. Most recently in 2014, ASTM awarded Mr. Schwartz with the Carl G. Cash Award for his distinguished accomplishments and advancements of the building-envelope technology industry.
In 2006, ASTM International asked Tom to join its Board of Directors. In 2011, they asked him to serve as Vice Chair, putting him on the track for the Chairmanship. One might say it was a role for which he was preparing his entire career, as it brought together his technical knowledge, his knowledge of ASTM, his knowledge of the industry, and his managerial skill and experience as Chair of SGH’s Board of Directors. His work as Chair and Vice Chair has taken him all over the world.
Tom picked up the ASTM gauntlet, filling the big shoes of his mentors Gumpertz and Cash, and even surpassed their standing and contribution.