Thomas Torrence Fetters

Title: Retired Research Executive, Author
Company: Lustron Research
Location:  Lombard, Illinois, United States

Thomas Torrence Fetters, retired research executive and author, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in research.

An award-winning professional who amassed more than 38 years of experience before retiring in 1999, Mr. Fetters met with success in his career by committing himself to a lifetime of professional development and learning. “What I have learned over the course of my career that has benefited me most in my professional growth is to listen thoroughly to the problem and then take the appropriate action to solve it,” he says, adding that this approach also taught him to go beyond what was required of him to ensure that the solution implemented would stick. To prepare for his career, Mr. Fetters earned a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Clemson University in 1961. He came to prominence early on in his career as a research scientist for Continental Can Co. in Chicago, IL. He remained in this position for 19 years until 1980 when he took on an opportunity to serve as the manager of gasketing at the company, which by then had been renamed to White Cap Co.  From there, Mr. Fetters became the manager of crown research and, finally, director of packing research. Highly regarded for his expertise and professionalism, he shared his insights along the way through his consultancy, Lustron Research, which he established in 1987.

Mr. Fetters is an accomplished author who shares his research and knowledge of historic events through the written word. Some of his publications include “Piedmont and Northern,” “Palmetto Traction,” “Logging Railroads of South Carolina,” “Lustron Home: the History of a Post-War Prefabricated Housing Experiment,” “Bare Balls and Sidewinders,” “Charleston-Hamburg Railroad,” “Logging Railroads of the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains Volume 1,” “Logging Railroads of the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains Volume 2,” “Phosphate Mining In South Carolina” and others. In recognition of his professional excellence, Mr. Fetters was the recipient of an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, a South Carolina House of Representatives Commendation, and an American Merit Scholarship. To remain at the top of his field, he affiliated with several industry organizations including DuPage County Genealogical Society, the Electrical Railroaders Association, the Central Electrical Railfan Association, the Society of Soft Drive Tech, the American Society of Brewing Chemists, the International Society of Beverage Technologists, and Mensa. As he looks ahead to the future, Mr. Fetters intends to continue in his writing projects while enjoying his well-deserved retirement.

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