JUNO BEACH, Fla. – Henry Whitman Fales, 96, retired paper industry executive, died May 31, 2009, in Juno Beach, Fla. Born Jan. 28, 1913, in Thomaston, he was the son of Capt. James T. Fales and Elizabeth (Strong) Fales. He was a former resident of Jupiter, Fla., Saddle River, N.J., Baileyville and Glens Falls, N.Y. Mr. Fales was a retired vice president of St. Regis Paper Co., and was formerly vice president of operations and general manager of St. Croix Paper Co., Baileyville. He was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate in mechanical engineering from the University of Maine in 1935 and continued his studies at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He cofounded in 1950, and later chaired the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation. He received the foundation’s Honor Award in 1974 and the university honored him with a doctor of science degree in 1979. He was named Executive of the Year in 1981 by the Paper Industry Management Association -PIMA, the only vice president ever to have been so honored. Mr. Fales worked for Scott Paper Co., first in Chester, Pa., and then in management positions during World War II at strategic mills in South Glens Falls and Fort Edward, N.Y. He began his 14-year career at St. Croix in 1951, culminating in the building of a new paper machine and the mill’s conversion from newsprint to xerographic paper production. Later he was vice president and general manager of Continental Paper Co., Ridgefield Park, N.J., before joining St. Regis in 1967, as resident manager at Pensacola, Fla. He moved to corporate headquarters in New York City in 1971, where he was vice president and general manager of the Printing and Packaging Papers Division and Kraft Division before retiring in 1978 and establishing his worldwide consulting firm. Mr. Fales had been an active elder and trustee in several Presbyterian churches and he was a member of First Presbyterian Church, North Palm Beach, Fla. He was a past officer on the Divan of Anah Shriners, Bangor, and he served as a director on boards for numerous charitable and private organizations. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, the former Dorothy Mae Booth of Linwood Heights, Pa.; children, Gregory of Charlotte, N.C., and Melanie of Long Beach, Ind.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by brothers, James and Otis; and sisters, Doris and Louise. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, Jupiter, Fla.
HENRY WHITMAN FALES
Posted June 02, 2009, at 7:44 p.m.