Founder William C. Prior was 85
Kinetico Inc., announced that its founder, William C. Prior, 85, passed away on Feb. 28, 2016.
“Words cannot describe Bill’s impact on us all and on the industry he helped shape and transform,” said Toby Thomas, president and CEO of Kinetico. “It is truly an honor and privilege to have worked alongside Bill. I take comfort in knowing Bill’s tenacious spirit and deep legacy will live on in the impactful deeds and in the important work we all lead.”
Prior was cofounder of Kinetico, which manufactures home water treatment systems. Over the years, Prior became a leader in the water treatment industry. In addition to his work with Kinetico, Prior was active in the Water Quality Assn. (WQA), where he shared his visions of the future with the entire industry.
Prior graduated from Case Institute of Technology in 1953 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering & business. He served in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps, Specialist 4th Class.
Prior was director of the WQA and served on the Ethics Committee, the International Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. He was a founder and charter member of the World Assembly Division of WQA, including past chairman of the Division’s Executive Committee, and continuing on the Division’s Advisory Board of Directors. He also served as chairman of the Small Systems Committee and was longtime member of the AWWA/WQA Liaison Committee. Prior was inducted into the WQA Hall of Fame in 1991, and received the Lifetime Membership Award in 1999. He served as director of the Greater Bay Area Foundation, The Great Lakes Basin Conservancy and the Pointe au Baril Islander’s Assn. For the Georgian Bay Assn., he served on various committees and consulted on water quality issues. He was also a past trustee of Proctor Academy, a private high school in Andover, N.H.
Prior has spent the last eight years of his career at Tangent Company, a business he founded with the vision of engineering a perpetual supply of safe, clean water.
When asked to state his view of the water treatment industry, Prior said, “I am an engineer who lost my job, and unexpectedly found myself making water softeners. But people love soft, clean water. They love good drinking water, and how rewarding for us to be part of an industry that actually makes people’s lives better. More than that, the world I found in this industry was so exciting, so fun, and the sales folks so passionate that every day has been an adventure. I’m proud to be part of an industry alive with brilliant new technologies, providing benefits to a broader and broader circle of markets, and with the capability to make the world a better place in significant ways.”