January 26, 2012

In Memoriam: Arthur R. Kavaler

Last week, the staff of ICIS Chemical Business received news of the death of Arthur R. Kavaler, former editor-in-chief and publisher of Chemical Market Reporter (1972-1990). ICB's current editor-in-chief Joseph Chang has written this tribute (below), which will be published next week.

I did not have the privilege of working under Mr. Kavaler when I started at CMR in 2000 but during my stint in covering the fats and oils market, I had the pleasure of communicating with his daughter Andrea Kavaler, who is currently executive vice president of consulting firm LMC International.

I am sure Mr. Kavaler will be missed by so many people in the chemicals community.

For those who remembered Arthur Kavaler, a memorial book online is accessible in this link until February 19. You can also directly contact Andrea at this email address: akavaler@lmc-ny.com.

A tribute to former CMR publisher Kavaler

Arthur R. Kavaler, who served for 46 years as reporter, editor and eventually publisher and editor-in-chief of Chemical Market Reporter - one of the three predecessor publications incorporated into ICIS Chemical Business - died at the age of 91 on January 18, 2012.

Kavaler was a large personality and wonderful raconteur with a zest for life, notes his daughter Andrea Kavaler, who works as a consultant for
global agribusiness and bio-based chemicals consultancy LMC International. A probing reporter and an editor with unwavering convictions, he made a major impact on chemical industry journalism.

In 1947, Kavaler joined Schnell Publishing as market editor of the Oil, Paint and Drug Reporter (OPD). He was appointed news editor in 1949, managing editor in 1952 and editor-in-chief in 1969. In 1972, he became president of Schnell and publisher and CEO of OPD, which was renamed Chemical Marketing Reporter (then again later renamed Chemical Market Reporter). He remained editor-in-chief until his retirement in 1990.

The Kavaler Award was given to leading chemical CEOs from 1990-1999, including Jon Huntsman, Sr., founder, chairman and CEO of Huntsman, and Frank Popoff, chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical.

Kavaler's reputation preceded him - and it also followed him well after he left the company. While I never had the privilege of meeting Kavaler, having joined Chemical Market Reporter in 1997, countless people I met at industry events asked about the former editor, and this continued on for years.

Today we celebrate his achievements in advancing chemical journalism and leading a great industry publication - one whose impact on the chemical markets certainly lives on in ICIS Chemical Business.

Joseph S. Chang
Global Editor
ICIS Chemical Business
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