Arthur David Rankin
July 5, 1936 - June 6, 2019
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First Congregational U.C.C.
724 E. South River Street
Appleton, WI 54915
Friday 6/14, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
First Congregational U.C.C.
724 E. South River Street
Appleton, WI 54915
Friday 6/14, 2:00 pm
Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
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Arthur “Art” David Rankin entered into eternal peace on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Froedtert Medical Hospital in Wauwatosa, WI surrounded by his loving family. Art was born on July 5, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from Mepham High School in Merrick, NY and attended Dwight Preparatory School in New York City. He then…

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Becky and Seth Carr left a message on June 14, 2019:
Judy, our sincere condolences to you and your family! Art was such a wonderful man!
Mildred Lemke left a message on June 14, 2019:
Sending my sincere condolences in the loss of your dad. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Gregg Aiken left a message on June 14, 2019:
On behalf of the UWSP Paper Science Foundation, I would like to express our condolences. Art was instrumental in getting pilot machine donated, transported and installed that has been an outstanding tool for students to learn papermaking hands-on for twenty-plus years. Art was an active board member of our Foundation well into his retirement. I consulted with Art last fall on endowment issues.

I will be making a personal donation to Art Rankin's Endowment at UWSP that was established by North Central PIMA several years ago. Art was an excellent papermaker with a big heart and a lifelong supporter of getting students engaged in papermaiking. I will miss him; the paper industry has lost its biggest advocate.
Laurie (Lemke) West left a message on June 13, 2019:
Our sincerest sympathies to Kris and Alex Rankin and the entire Rankin family
Shri Ramaswamy, University of Minnesota left a message on June 12, 2019:
Our sincere condolences to the Rankin family. Art was very passionate about the paper industry. He was one of the best long term supporters of students and helping to educate them to be leaders in the industry. We sincerely appreciate his dedication, commitment and generosity in supporting the students and the program at the University of Minnesota over several decades. We are very grateful for all that he did. We surely will miss Art! Our heartfelt condolences to the Rankin family!
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Dave Lee left a message on June 12, 2019:
From my experience with Art, the only PC that was important to him was Paper Compassionate. There was no beating around the bush. He was candid, direct, insightful … and personable with a great sense of humor. I was aware of his Maine connections but not his New York upbringing. That helps me to better understand him. They don't make enough people like Art for our world. He will be sorely missed. He was a great asset wherever he was involved -- the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame and the Paper Discovery Center in Appleton definitely benefitted greatly from his efforts!!!
Claude "Chum" Van Heftry left a message on June 10, 2019:
Art was a great friend to all who came to know him. I enjoyed our relationship thru PIMA / TAPPI. Art had great fun at what ever he did. Yes a GREAT Champion of youth, with a ton of knowledge. Art will be missed by all of us.
Kevin Sistler left a message on June 10, 2019:
My sympathies to the Rankin Family on the loss of Art. He was one of my first customers I called on when I moved to Wisconsin. He was always challenging us ( chemical suppliers) to come up with a better mousetrap and help solve problems. He was so dedicated to this paper industry and it's organizations here in the Midwest and for that he will leave an indelible mark on many lives. Godspeed and RIP Art
Don Guay left a message on June 10, 2019:
My condolences to the family on the loss of a great man. There was no better champion of the paper industry and especially Paper Science & Engineering than Art. He will be missed.
Frank Thayer left a message on June 10, 2019:
Art was a talented papermaker and true gentleman with whom I had the privilege of working with as a supplier to the "Locks" Mill years ago. He never hesitated to collaborate with vendors who brought value to Appleton Coated. RIP, Art.
Paul McCann left a message on June 10, 2019:
Sad to hear about Art’s passing. He was a fun colleague and a great champion of the paper industry. He will be missed!
My condolences go out to Judy and the family.
Lake States TAPPI and North Central PIMA left a message on June 10, 2019:
Art was a true inspiration for the local paper industry – very forward-looking, always aiming to support the next generation of “paper people”, and active in many paper-related organizations throughout the Midwest. He leaves very big footsteps to follow – We will miss him! Our sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
Bruce Willis Janda left a message on June 10, 2019:
I'm sorry to hear of Art's passing and extend my condolences to his family. Art was a significant force in creating and sustaining a community of papermakers in the Fox Valley. His work on the Lake States TAPPI/PIMA board to support paper education left a living legacy of students and young leaders to carry on his work.
Chuck Klass left a message on June 9, 2019:
Art was a good friend and an excellent papermaker. The companies he worked for, his compadres in the industry and the next generation of paper industry professionals that he mentored all gained from his knowledge and wisdom. He will be sorely missed. Condolences to his family and friends.
lawrence gaspar left a message on June 9, 2019:
Art was a great supporter of the young employees, who benefited greatly from his insights. An Icon he was and will be remembered for his untiring help to others in the industry.
Mike Kocurek left a message on June 9, 2019:
My condolences to the family.
Art was great and fun to work with during my years at UWSP.He was a major champion for education, and left his mark and memory on a very large number of students and colleagues in Industry.

He was so very well thought of and liked; and had thousands of friends. Not a bad legacy.
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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