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RustyCas

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I don't know if any of you knew Don Rainey, but he passed away this morning after an extended illness.  Don was a director at Azima/DLI and one of the first in the door when Azima was formed.  An engineer and a long-time vibration guy, he was one of the brightest, and most curious guys I knew.  He knew something about almost everything and I learned something new every time we talked.  He had the good fortune of working with most of the brightest minds in the business, folks like Nelson Baxter, Ken Piety, Art Crawford, Charlie Jackson, Jim Taylor, and probably others I never heard him mention.  

I met Don through the old Maintenance Forums (now AMP) and he helped me get started in the vibration business, using me as a sub-contractor, but treating me pretty much as a partner.

Don was a really good guy, and a really good friend.  I will miss him.

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Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Don I was lucky enough to work with him remotely for a year or so before be became ill. A very knowledgeable guy from whom I learnt so much.
RIP Don 
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I did not have close contact with Don, but I believe I first met him in the old CSI days. I'll simply echo Rusty's kind words, and I hope his family knows that he was well respected and had made significant contributions to the "vibrations" community.

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I never met Don, but I remember his contributions and knowledge he shared with us on the old Reliability Boards.  The well respected pioneers and experts who've help pave the way for others in this trade are an aging group of individuals, each who have acquired a lifetime of incredible knowledge & experience.  It's sad to read that we've lost another one of these talented people this year.    

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I never met him either, but he definitely seemed like a knowledgeable, helpful and classy guy.  
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Very sorry to hear, condolences to his family.

Thanks for sharing Rusty.
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When I had dinner with Walt Strong the other night, he seem surprised that at my age (almost 60) I was still routinely running vibration routes.  When I first started working with Don, I was running routes in a steel mill for him and could already tell how tedious that would be, day in and day out.  I told him that I appreciated the work, but if I had an option, I'd just as soon not be running routes at other locations, to which he replied:  "Well, predictive maintenance really sucks... but it sucks real regular."  And he was right! I've been running the same routes for 15-20 years, and yes, it sucks most of the time. But, they pay me. Every. Single. Time! (and that does not suck) [smile]

Predictive maintenance is 80% of my income. So, forever grateful for that bit of advice.

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I went to Don's memorial service, and his sister said something that I'd always sensed, but could never quite put my finger on.... she said, "He always made me feel smarter than I really am."  And he did. That's a rare quality in anyone, and especially in someone as smart as Don.

It's so easy to talk down to folks when you obviously know more than they do.  Takes someone special to actually make you feel smarter.  Nelson Baxter has that quality as well.

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I understand that it would have been Don's Birthday today. RIP Don
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Obituary at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/commercialappeal/obituary.aspx?pid=182992680
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Rusty, through your post I learned that Don Rainey had passed away.  I was not aware of this.

Don was one of my first customers when I worked at CSI (Now Emerson).  Don & I kept in contact through the years.  Of course I know Ken Piety (many, years now). I talked to Ken today and he told me he went to see Don about a month before he passed away. Ken said he seemed to be doing well.  I also worked a great deal with Art Crawford on a number of projects.  Incredible man.

I have been very blessed to have had the honor work with a number of great people involved with vibration analysis and predictive maintenance through the years.  If you asked people from the early days at CSI, they would know who I am.

Appreciated your comments.

dlz
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