Ralph Engel, former president of the Consumer Specialty Products Association, then known as the Chemical Specialties Manufacturers Association (CSMA), died of cancer at 72 on May 5, 2005. He retired from CSMA in December 1999. During the 25 years he spent building and shaping CSMA, Mr. Engel spearheaded the move from New York City to Washington D.C. and led the association through a time of growing government regulation.
“We lived through the establishment of EPA and the growing pains the agency experienced,” Mr. Engel once said. “We survived the suffering this imposed on our industry. Its growth was our growth as our industry began to recognize more and more that we had to have a presence and assert ourselves in order to protect our interests.”
Engel served on numerous federal advisory committees and boards representing the CSMA membership. They included the Administrator’s Pesticide Policy Advisory Committee, the National Cancer Institute’s committee on environmental carcinogens and the Tolerance Reassessment Advisory Committee of the EPA/Department of Agriculture.
Mr. Engel is survived by his wife of 46 years, Pat, and their sons, William M. Engel of Mt. Airy, MD, and Steven Engel of Golden, CO. A memorial fund has been set up in his name with the American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, Baltimore, MD 21236. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the Engel Family in care of Helaine and Lee Miller, 2211 Shaded Brook Drive, Owings Mills, MD 21117.