Next year at CORROSION 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah, the NACE International Foundation will celebrate its 10th anniversary of the annual golf tournament. Since 2003, the golf tournament has been a big part of the NACE annual conference, netting close to $250,000 for the Foundation over the last nine years.
To commemorate this anniversary, the Foundation thought it appropriate to rename the golf tournament to memorialize one of our founding members, Darrel D. Byerley. Darrel entered the corrosion business over 60 years ago and left a permanent legacy of commitment and service. He was an active member of NACE since 1955 and held many distinguished NACE awards, before he passed away in 2005.
While his service to NACE International was long and distinguished, Darrel is also remembered for his vision to establish an educational foundation to further education in corrosion science and engineering. He persisted over 15 years in his vision of establishing the Foundation and was one of the first members to write a check to the NACE Endowment Fund, along with fellow NACE member, Stan Lopata, in the mid-1980’s. In 2002, that Endowment Fund evolved into the Foundation as we know it today.
We were honored at this year’s golf tournament in Houston to be joined by Mark Byerley, Immediate Past-President of NACE International, and son to Darrel. Joining Mark was his mother, Elaine, wife, Denise, and their son, Mark, Jr. When asked to say a few words, Mark commented, in regards to his father, “He was a father, grandfather, great grandfather, he was an employer and he was my partner and my best friend. For those of you who got to know him, I think you would agree that he was just one of those guys that would take the shirt off his back for you.”
During his speech at the golf tournament, Mark made a call to action and encouraged participants to consider making a donation to support the Foundation. That call was answered with the first donation being made by Mark, Jr., Mark’s 13 year old son, in memory of his grandfather. This gesture solidifies this family’s strong commitment and belief in the good work the Foundation is doing.
The Foundation is forever grateful to Darrel for his foresight and vision and would also like to recognize Mark Byerley, for continuing in his father’s footsteps to support the Foundation’s mission. The Foundation is proud to announce the 1st Annual Darrel Byerley Memorial Golf Tournament, to be held Sunday, March 12, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Originally published in Materials Performance, June 2011