Volume 48, Issue 12- December 2013
A Tribute to C. Gregory Carney:
by Ellen Rogers
The glass industry lost a dear teacher, advisor and friend when C. Gregory “Greg” Carney passed away November 13 in Gulfport, Miss. Funeral services were held November 16, where songs by Jimmy Buffet, Greg’s favorite singer, played. Currently president of his company, CG Carney Associates, he was the former technical director for the Glass Association of North America (GANA). He was a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural technology, and throughout his entire life, he was a supporter of the Golden Eagles and would frequently return to campus for games, activities, or to hear an impromptu Jimmy Buffett concert. His pride and joy were his two children, Gregory (21) and Caroline (17).
He began his career in the architectural glass industry in 1981 at Libby-Owens Ford (LOF). The first week on the job he was inspecting glass from 10+ stories up, holding onto the side of a building in Dallas. His love for the industry began that week and grew over the next 32 years through his work at LOF and Interpane.
Greg became the GANA technical director in 1999. He played a key role in the creation of the new GANA Project Manager’s Reference Manual, released in 2005, and created the concept of the Glass Informational Bulletin.
In 2009 Greg started his own consulting firm, focusing on field studies and investigation, new product development and evaluation, among others. He consulted with GANA on the BEC and Tempering Divisions until early 2013.
Many have expressed their sadness at his passing and offered tribute to him as an industry leader.
“Greg Carney was a charter member of ‘The Fraternity,’ a collection of industry professionals always ready to provide technical assistance, networking resources, and solutions. Greg was unselfish in his willingness to get involved, and he represented our industry professionally and with class. Greg also had a terrific sense of humor, and his secret handshake at industry socials was always welcome; seems the more you contributed to GANA, the more drink tickets he’d slip your way. I’ve lost a dear friend, and our industry has lost a wonderfully unique contributor and character. Rest well my friend.” — Ren Bartoe, Vesuvius.
“Greg was a great influence in my career with GANA. His knowledge and experiences provided thousands of opportunities for him to teach all in the industry how, why and better ways for things to work. His work was tireless, and he never turned away an opportunity to answer questions, or provide guidance on solutions to the industry’s technical issues. His influence will carry on for decades, particularly in many of the articles and publications for which he authored or contributed. Never did we attend meetings – anywhere in the world – that he didn’t guide you to a window, curtainwall or architectural glass structure to point out something unique about it. I was always impressed, and truly admired him for his technical knowledge—and friendship. Pointing out his dedication, almost immediately following the destruction of his home from Hurricane Katrina, he gathered his family, travelled to and attended GANA meetings so that he could remain involved in forging industry standards. Every memory I have of Greg is a good one. When he died, I lost a good friend, confidant, mentor – and golfing partner. He will be sorely missed.” —Stanley Smith, former GANA executive director
“I knew next to nothing about glass in June 2000 when I attended my first GANA meeting. It took place in Dallas and that’s where I met my friend Greg Carney. I had only been with USGlass since February and was still trying to figure my way through everything from coatings to curtainwall. That was the first of many meetings, and ones where Greg took the time to teach, help and guide me toward a better understanding of this industry.
I got to know Greg well over the years. I spent an afternoon with him once examining the glass in the storefronts of Easton Town Center in Columbus, Ohio. While I am sure we looked peculiar to those who passed by as we crouched along the sidewalk to get a close look at the glass, it was simply fascinating. You couldn’t go anywhere with him and not look at the glass.” —Ellen Rogers, editor, USGlass magazine
I can honestly say that Greg contributed immensely to the improvement of glass and glazing in our industry through his many efforts that followed him in his 32-year career. We continued to stay in contact after he moved on from LOF with his work at Interpane in Wisconsin and North Carolina. We were able to develop a special structural glazing system together while he was with Interpane and I was with a building envelope contractor in Dallas in 1988. That was a special project that we enjoyed together and something that became a reality for the two companies we served at the time. I have fond memories of the time we went to Hong Kong to visit the tallest building there at the time in early 1993 to evaluate some glass issues. He was at Interpane and I had become a consultant to the glass industry. —Bill Lingnell, industry consultant/IGMA technical director