Passing of Ted Day

More than a great scientist

A message from Richard Brow:

'Our friend and colleague, Ted Day, passed away this morning (Sept. 14, 2020). He was diagnosed several weeks ago with a particularly aggressive lung problem, and had been put on a transplant list, but in the end, that was not possible.

If you would, please keep Delbert and Kim, and the rest of the Day family, in your thoughts and prayers.'

Ted was described by the ICG president, Prof Alicia Duran as:

...... not only a great scientist but a great friend. Rest in peace

And the Vice Chair of CTC, Prof Julian Jones wrote:

Very sad news from Mo-Sci, USA. A big blow to the Glass community and beyond. An amazing person.

The American Ceramic Society have published a detailed account of his active and enormously productive life which can be found at: https://ceramics.org/members/member-communities/in-memoriam. Some of these key points from his later life are summarised below.

Ted served on the ACerS Board of Directors from 2010–2014 and was the son of ACerS Distinguished Life Member and past president Delbert Day. In 1998 he assumed the role of CEO at Mo-Sci Corporation, a glass manufacturing company founded in 1985 by Prof. D Day to commercialise inventions developed in his lab. Today, Mo-Sci develops and manufactures custom high-tech glass products for the healthcare, energy, automotive, defence, and industrial sectors.

Following na earlier period of employment there, Ted returned to the Phelps County Regional Medical Center in the mid-2010s, as its president and chair of its Board of Trustees. He and his wife, Kim, donated initial funding for the Phelps Health Delbert Day Cancer Institute, which honours the work of Prof. Day, especially his biomedical inventions, such as glass microspheres for radiation therapy, bioactive glasses for wound and bone repair, and dental applications.

Ted's roles as a healthcare provider and business leader intersected with the commercialization of a copper-containing borosilicate glass called Mirragen. This product helps heal persistent wounds that resist conventional treatment and offers new hope to patients suffering, for example, from diabetic and quadriplegic wounds. Mo-Sci spun off a new company, ETS Wound Care, to manufacture such wound care products, and Ted served as its CEO. His vision was to make the healing technology available and affordable to those who need it most.

Ted saw his success as a means to improve his local and global community with profits from the ETS Wound Care, supporting education, healthcare, community, and other organizations share his family's vision for a world where people's most basic needs are met.

Ted was passionate about reaching out to young people and did not delegate his enthusiasm or stint on his dedication to philanthropy and outreach. In 2015, he helped found the ACerS's philanthropic arm, the Ceramic & Glass Industry Foundation, and served as its first chair from 2015–2018.

Ted joined the American Ceramic Society in 1998, became a Fellow in 2016, and belonged to the Manufacturing Division and Bioceramics Division. Mo-Sci is a long-standing Diamond Corporate Partner of the Society.

Last Updated: 14/10/2020
Author: John Parker
Labels: Icg News

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