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Expression of Sympathy: Former ANSI President Donald Peyton Dies at 79

New York, Sep 08, 2004

Donald L. Peyton, former President of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) passed away in his sleep September 8, 2004 in White Plains, New York, after a long illness.

Mr. Peyton was named the Managing Director of the American Standards Association, which would later be renamed the American National Standards Institute, in 1966. He served the Institute for 22 years, retiring as ANSI President in 1988.

During his tenure, Mr. Peyton was instrumental in opening the Institute’s doors for increased and direct participation by corporate members. His view of the future recognized rapid growth in the global marketplace and the imperative for standards – and ANSI itself – to be “global in outlook, initiative and program.”

Under his leadership, ANSI formalized its commitment to due process, openness and public review when the current BSR (Board of Standards Review) system was implemented in 1971. The efficacy and productivity of the American National Standards (ANS) system was demonstrated by the increase from 1,000 ANS available in 1967 to the more than 8,500 ANS that were in place when he retired at the end of 1988.

During his tenure, Mr. Peyton also represented ANSI on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Council and served as an ISO vice-president. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC), a regional standards body comprised of industrialized and emerging countries bordering the Pacific Ocean.

After retirement Mr. Peyton stayed active in standards affairs writing several articles and one book on the impact of globalization on the standards process.

“Don Peyton demonstrated his commitment to ANSI and the U.S. voluntary standardization system in so many ways,” said Dr. Mark W. Hurwitz, ANSI President and CEO. “His efforts to strengthen the Institute’s partnership with government, and to galvanize ANSI’s members for the development of a long-range strategic plan, positioned ANSI as a healthy and viable organization with a solid financial foundation and value-added benefits for its membership.”

Prior to his career in standardization and conformity assessment, Mr. Peyton was an Administrator for Government Relations for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce from 1960-1966. He served as an administrative Assistant to Congressman Keith Thompson (R-WY) from 1955-1960.

In WWII, Mr. Peyton served in the 26th Navy Constructors Battalion (SeaBees). During the Korean War, Mr. Peyton served as an instructor/trainer for the U.S. Air Force at the Francis C. Warren AFB in Cheyenne, WY.

Born on May 25, 1925, Mr. Peyton was a graduate of University of Northern Colorado. He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Jane Kirkman Peyton, and two sons, Patrick and James.

Funeral services will be held on September 18, 2004, in White Plains, New York. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the YMCA of White Plains or Our Lady of Sorrows Church.

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