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LCA Community Marks the Passing of Two Pioneers

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The LCA community marks the passing of two pioneering members, Bill and Marge Franklin, who together did so much to advance the field of life cycle assessment (LCA) and served as mentors to many professionals over their long careers. Marge passed away in February 2011 and Bill in May 2016.

Bill and Marge met at the University of Kansas (KU), where in 1956, Marge was the first woman to graduate from the aeronautical (aerospace) engineering program. Bill earned a B.S. in Geological Engineering from KU in 1957 and an M.S. in Industrial Administration from Purdue University in 1965. During their time at KU, Bill and Marge worked together on The Kansas Engineer student publication, where each served as editor.

Bill spent some time in the oil industry and then went to work at Midwest Research Institute (MRI) in Kansas City. At MRI, he gained national recognition in the field of solid waste management and participated in some of the first published national studies of markets for recovered materials. In 1969, a packaging engineer at The Coca-Cola Company came to MRI with an idea he had conceived of a comprehensive cradle-to-grave analysis of beverage packaging options. Bill was one of the MRI staff members who developed the complex methodology necessary to carry out the study, which was the first life cycle study (known then as a resource and environmental profile analysis, or REPA) conducted in North America. Bill recognized the importance and potential of this exciting new field, and in 1975, he and Marge founded Franklin Associates, Ltd., a consulting firm specializing in life cycle assessment and solid waste management.


Read the full article at The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment

The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment
October 2016, Vol. 21, Issue 10, pp 1538-1539
Cite: Sauer, B. Int J Life Cycle Assess (2016) 21: 1538. doi:10.1007/s11367-016-1170-1
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