UK: John Morley, who formerly led DuPont’s refrigerants technical efforts and programmes in Europe, has sadly died. He was 78.
After spending his entire career at DuPont (now Chemours), he earned great respect for his refrigerants knowledge at a time of enormous transition for the industry. He retired in 2007 but, until recently, continued to be involved with the industry on a voluntary basis.
John joined DuPont after graduation in the mid 1970s based at its plant in Maydown, Northern Ireland. He moved to work at DuPont to San Paulo, Brazil, for many years before joining DuPont’s fluorochemicals business at the company’s global technical centre in Wilmington, Delaware, in the late 1980s.
In 1992, he relocated back to the UK as technical programmes manager/technical manager for fluorochemicals in Europe, Middle East and Africa. During this time he was at the forefront of DuPont’s efforts to transition from CFCs to HCFCs to HFCs and was involved in the very early days of the development of HFOs.
He represented DuPont on many key EU technical and standards committees and gave freely of his time to ACRIB, the BRA and the Institute of Refrigeration. He officially retired in 2007 but continued to serve the industry on a voluntary basis on Institute of Refrigeration and ACRIB technical committees and British Standards committees.
He will be remembered by many around the world for his personality, sense of humour, positive attitude and his supportive nature.