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"If I have one hand in the oven, and my other hand is in the freezer, on average, I would think I’m doing alright!” This was a typical analogy used by Dr. Stanley K. Suddarth, Ph.D., P.E., in this case, to demonstrate the potential problems associated with using averages in calculations. When Stan Suddarth passed away on June 9, 2011, in Newburg, Oregon, he left behind a significant legacy in academia and the structural building components industry. In 1986, he was one of the first two inductees into the SBCA Hall of Fame in recognition of his considerable contributions to the industry. 

The structural building components industry mourns the loss of Dr. Stan Suddarth, Ph.D., P.E. Most of those in the industry who knew him, knew of his great intellect and appreciated his straight-forward communication style.  Below are two stories from Stan’s life, as recalled by his son, Steve, that may shed additional light on him as a man. Please feel free to use the comment section below to share any memories you may have of Stan for our readers to enjoy.

It’s the end of an era for the structural building components industry. Richard Brown, former President of Truss Systems (Oxford, GA), retired May 31. The industry sends its best wishes to a “true Southern gentleman.”

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