Industry Mourns the Loss of Don Vild
Don J. Vild, 79, a consultant to the glass and glazing industry
for many years, died yesterday morning at his home in Oregon, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Irene; two sons, Jeffrey
and Michael; grandchildren, Nathan, Mallory and Matthew; and a brother,
Vild graduated from Case Western Reserve in 1952 with a mechanical
engineering degree, and in 1957 joined Libbey Owens Ford (LOF) where
he served as director of architectural products and services. In
1982 he left LOF and started his own consulting business, which
gave him the opportunity to work on several notable, worldwide glazing
projects. Some of the most well-known projects include the Grand
Canyon Skywalk, the Hong Kong Airport, Cleveland Browns Stadium
and a number of projects at the Toledo Zoo.
In addition, Vild was a member of several glass industry associations
and also contributed to several books, including Time Saver Data
for Architectural Design Data and Glass Design for Sloped
For the past 50 years Vild has been an important part of the glass
and glazing industry, and many industry professionals today credit
Vild as a teacher, mentor and friend.
"Don was an icon in the flat glass industry, especially the fabricated
glass arenas," says Bob Brown, an industry consultant. "He was a
quiet person with a lot of knowledge and had great perception of
situations that he encountered."
Greg Carney, technical director for the Glass Association of North
America, joined the glass industry in 1981, also with LOF, and met
Vild shortly thereafter.
"Don was truly one of the technical experts in the architectural
glass industry. In addition to heading the architectural technical
service activities for many years with LOF, he went on to be recognized
as one of the most respected and knowledgeable independent glass
and glazing consultants, as he worked on projects around the world,"
says Carney. "In his consulting capacity, Don was an outstanding
resource for glass manufacturers/fabricators, glazing contractors,
general contractors, architects and owners."
Industry colleagues also remember Vild as someone who was always
willing to help others learn and grown in their field.
"He was unselfish and willing to teach and share his knowledge
with many in the industry over his career. The respect that he had
among his peers was obvious to many of us who considered him a personal
friend and mentor. His ability to be able to laugh with his colleagues
was contagious and the zeal with which he pursued his professional
challenges was notable," says Brown. "I am lucky to have known Don
as a friend over many years and, along with many in the glass and
glazing industry, will miss him."
Carney adds, "Don was always available to industry members to educate
and assist in evaluating glass and glazing issues in the field.
He will truly be missed by the glass and glazing industry around
Funeral services will take place Saturday, December 1, at Eggleston
Meinert Pavley Funeral Home in Oregon, Ohio. Memorial contributions
may be made to Case Western School of Engineering or the Toledo
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