In Kielhorn’s 45 years with LeTourneau, he taught and mentored many of the nation’s leading welding professionals.
Kielhorn passed away on Jan. 6, 2012, after fighting with cancer for many months.
The LeTourneau University Materials Joining Advisory Committee, of which Landon is chairman, recently decided to establish the Kielhorn Chair of Welding and Materials Joining Engineering Fund to provide an income to support a qualified professorship in the LeTourneau University Materials Joining Program. Starting the welding engineering program at LeTourneau almost 50 years ago, Bill Kielhorn remained the heart and soul of the program until the day he retired.
“We would love to honor him by being able to endow this professorship in his memory – to honor an incredible man and his work,” said Landon.
In 2009, this Vermeer recognition was renamed the Bob Vermeer Spirit of Caring Award in honor of Bob Vermeer’s history at Vermeer and his exciting launch into responsibilities as Chairman of the Board of Directors. In the years before and since, through a peer-nomination process, Vermeer has recognized fellow team members who truly care for those around them, both during and outside of their hours spent at Vermeer.
“It’s a privilege to highlight the exceptional characteristics these recipients possess,” said Mr. Vermeer. “I find tremendous value in the caring attributes those on our team possess, but are seldom recognized for in the midst of our day-to-day deadlines and responsibilities. There are many on the Vermeer team who illustrate the high moral and ethical principles which are core to the Vermeer 4P Philosophy. It is my desire to find and recognize the most deserving of this award.”
Whether Vermeer is caring for customers, community or coworkers, caring for each other has always been foundational to the success of Vermeer Corporation. Vermeer team members are proud to honor their peers for their spirit of caring at Vermeer and beyond.