the much traveled shirtIt all started as a gag in 1954, when charter PPA member Gordon Brown appeared at breakfast wearing a particularly garish looking Hawaiian shirt, giving rise to many disparaging remarks. He stripped off the shirt and “awarded” it to his loudest critic, A.R. Van Horne, with the proviso that he present it to another “deserving” member at the next meeting.

That same shirt, now bearing the signatures of each member receiving the award, is presented at the Annual Meeting to a member who, in the opinion of the current president, typifies the spirit of the Plastics Pioneers. 

Now considered PPA’s most prestigious award, honorees include:

  • 1954 A. R. Van Horne
  • 1955 Neil Broderson
  • 1956 Gordon Brown
  • 1957 Donald Dew
  • 1958 Frank Shaw
  • 1959 Clint Blount
  • 1960 Allan Brown
  • 1961 Hans Wanders
  • 1962 Stuart Landes
  • 1963 Horace Gooch
  • 1964 Allan Fritzsche
  • 1965 William T. Cruse
  • 1966 Lionel B. Kavanaugh
  • 1967 Don Kendall
  • 1968 Garson Meyer
  • 1969 B. Frank Hantz
  • 1970 Ed Vaill
  • 1971 Sherwood Young
  • 1972 David S. Plume
  • 1973 Spencer Palmer
  • 1974 George Whitehead
  • 1975 J. Harry DuBois
  • 1976 Carl H. Whitlock
  • 1977 Nicholas A. Backscheider
  • 1978 C. William Cleworth
  • 1979 Stanley W. Jones, Jr.
  • 1980 Edward R. Borro, Sr.
  • 1981 Chris G. Groos
  • 1982 Ralph Harding
  • 1983 Sterling Cramer
  • 1984 Edwin R. Rowan
  • 1985 G. Palmer Humphrey
  • 1986 Jack G. High
  • 1987 Albert Spaat
  • 1988 William H. Willert
  • 1989 Charles W. Kleiderer
  • 1990 Lewis W. Hull
  • 1991 F. Reed Estabrook
  • 1992 Guy A. Martinelli
  • 1993 Bruno Wessinger
  • 1994 John R. Kretzschmar
  • 1995 Peter E. Rodts
  • 1996 Fred E. Schwab
  • 1997 Harold A. Holz
  • 1998 John C. Reib
  • 1999 Robert W. Sherman
  • 2000 Glenn L. Beall
  • 2001 George Schmitt
  • 2002 Frank R. Nissel
  • 2003 John L. Hull
  • 2004 Robert J. Munns
  • 2005 David B. Woodman
  • 2006 Robert D. Swain
  • 2007 Michael F.X. Gigliotti
  • 2008 Irvin Rubin
  • 2009 Theodore G. Debrecini
  • 2010 Paul N. Colby
  • 2011 Harry Greenwald
  • 2012 Jack D. Michael
  • 2013 Vivian Malpass
  • 2014 Anthony C. Mack
  • 2015 Daniel W. McGuire, Jr.
  • 2016 Ashby L. Rice III
  • 2017 Lance M. Neward
  • 2018 Gail R. Bristol
  • 2019 Wolfgang Meyer