The Manufacturers Standardization Society (MSS) President, Thomas J. “Tom” Hannafin, 71, passed away suddenly on August 2, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Anne, and their five children and spouses.
Hannafin was recently elected president by unanimous vote of MSS members at the May 15, 2012 Annual Meeting. His wide-ranging knowledge of the valve and fittings industry, as well as his sound judgment and loyalty to MSS were recognized by all who knew him.
Since 1985, Tom Hannafin was associated with KITZ Corp. of America (KCI) in Stafford, Texas. KITZ is a wholly owned subsidiary of KITZ Corp., Japan, and a leading global manufacturer of flow control products. He served as vice president of Marketing and as Director of the Corporation from 1997 to 2008, after 42 years of valve sales and marketing experience to the Hydrocarbon Processing Industry (HPI) and related industries.
For more than 20 years, Hannafin served on standards-related task forces in the American Petroleum Institute (API) and numerous MSS and Valve Manufacturers Association (VMA) technical committees. Tom served on the MSS Board of Directors for the past 10 years, initially as membership committee chairman, then as treasurer, first vice president and then president.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Down Home Ranch by clicking on the "In Memory of Thomas J. Hannafin" link or by mail to Down Home Ranch, Attn: In Memory of Thomas J. Hannafin, 20250 FM 619 Elgin, Texas, 78621.