Industry icon recalled for his kindness, enthusiasm and knowledge of printing inks.
David Savastano, Editor03.02.17
Robert W. Bassemir, 92, of Jamaica, NY, passed away Feb. 14, 2017 in Jamaica Hospital.
A longtime ink industry icon, Bob is one of three people to have received the three highest awards from the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) – the Printing Ink Pioneer Award in 1980, the Technical Achievement Award in 1982 (the first time it was presented); and the Ault Award, the industry’s most prestigious honor, in 1993.
Bob was born in Brooklyn, NY on May 19, 1924, to Catherine and George Bassemir. Upon graduating from Newtown High School, Elmhurst, NY, Bob joined Sun Chemical while working toward a degree in chemical engineering at Cooper Union.
In 1942, Bob was drafted by the US Army, serving in the 104th Infantry Division, 415th Infantry Regiment of the Timberwolves. He was awarded two Purple Hearts for his service throughout Europe.
Returning home, Bob graduated from Cooper Union in 1949, and rejoined Sun Chemical, where he spe
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