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Industry lose two veterans

Edmund A. Cutts Sr., an acclaimed yacht designer, custom boatbuilder, author and Navy veteran who founded the Cutts & Case boatyard in Oxford, Md., died Nov. 11 at the age of 82.

Cutts worked in several yards in the capacities of designer, loftsman and boatbuilder. He also began writing for Rudder magazine in 1963 and soon after started his own company designing and building boats in Locust Valley, N.Y. He eventually bought a shipyard in Oxford in partnership with John M. Case, forming Cutts & Case Inc.

European marine industry manager, consultant and marketer Willem Runge died Nov. 8 at his home in the Netherlands after a brief illness. He was 69.

Runge joined Lindeteves-Jacoberg - Evinrude's distributor in Amsterdam - as sales engineer for the nautical department after six years in the Dutch merchant navy. He later relocated to South Africa as the sales and marketing manager and marine distributor in Johannesburg, promoting the sale of Evinrude outboards. After leaving South Africa in 1984, he lived in Canada and worked as a consultant for Yanmar and remained active in the marine industry until his death.

SNAME honors members at annual meeting

More than 1,150 people attended the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Annual Meeting and Expo, held Oct. 21-23 at the Providence (R.I.) Convention Center.

"In all aspects, the 2009 SNAME annual meeting was a resounding success," SNAME president Keith Michel says. "I would like to express my sincere appreciation to those who attended the meeting, the many SNAME volunteers who organized the technical programs and social events, the meeting sponsors, and those who exhibited at our expo."

Twelve members received 50-year golden membership certificates at the annual president's luncheon, including Donald L. Blount, Joseph P. Fischer, William H. Garzke Jr., Harold F. Greiner, Joseph P. Harkrader Jr., Owen F. Hughes, Petros A. Lalangas, Thomas Lamb, John A. Mercier, John M. Ringelberg, Richard F. Smith and Vordoman H. Van Bibber.

The 2010 expo is scheduled for Nov. 3-5 in Seattle.

This article originally appeared in the January 2010 issue.

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