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Dean Lewis of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) died on March 7 after battling cancer. He was 69.

Lewis joined AAMA in 1999, using his technical and industry experience to advance many of the programs and services offered by the association. During his tenure with AAMA, he worked in both certification and education. After retiring last year as technical manager, training and education, he continued to consult for the association.

In addition to his wife, Lewis is survived by three children (Karl, Kurt and Freyda), seven grandchildren (Gunnar Coughlin, Noelle Lewis, Kathryn Lewis, Robert, Sarah and Sophia Fouraker and Colin Reninger), two sisters (Jane and Gail) and a brother (Neal).

Lewis began his 45-year career in the fenestration industry in 1973 at PPG Industries with positions in project engineering, product design, and sales and customer technical support.

Earlier experience included teaching in the industrial and military sec-tors, and nearly 40 years of managing technical training, publishing and certification.

Joel Helfer, former Costello Glass and Mirror Co. president and former president of the Illinois Glass Association, died February 13 at the age of 69, four days before his 70th birthday.

Joel Helfer worked with his family at Columbia Glass & Plastic and Novelty Glass & Mirror for many years.

“One of the most positive and up-beat people I ever knew. I had the chance to work with him on several occasions and I always appreciated his sense of humor and common-sense approach to problems. Just an all-around good guy. The Helfer family was well known in the glass community in and around Chicago for many years. His father Her-man and brother Harvey all worked in the family-owned businesses and were respected and admired by all,” said USGlass columnist Lyle Hill.

Joel Helfer is survived by his wife Evie, brother Harvey, sister Gail, and three children: Zachary, Jeffrey and Rachel.

Raymond “Ray” Gallagher, a former employee of the PPG Glass Laboratory, died January 19, 2018 out-side Pittsburgh after a brief illness. He was 79 years old.

Gallagher worked for PPG Industries Inc. for 45 years. According to his obituary, he was awarded several U.S. patents, and international patents in Germany, Italy, Sweden and India. Gallagher made contributions in heat transfer technology for windows and buildings, and managed the Commercial Glazing Group of engineers and scientists at the Glass Research Laboratory. He was awarded the “Presidents Award for Technical Excellence” for the development and commercialization of the PPG Intercept Spacer, a low-energy transfer product for windows.

Gallagher served on the board of directors for the National Fenestration Rating Council, the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association of Canada and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance. After his retirement in 2004, he started his own company, Gallagher Technical Services LLC. He officially retired in 2014.


Consolidated Glass Holdings (CGH) has named Angela Beach as senior marketing manager.

Beach will be responsible for managing all marketing initiatives for CGH and its family of companies.

Beach has nearly 17 years of marketing and graphic design experience and most recently served as marketing manager at J.E. Berkowitz.

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