LODI, Calif.—Arden H. Faris, 86, former manager of the Louisville Retreaders' Conference and general manager of Retreading Consultant Services Inc., which ran the conference on behalf of the American Retreaders' Association, died Jan. 12 in Lodi. Mr. Faris received the ARA's Industry Leadership Award in 1983 and was inducted into the International Tire Retreading and Repairing Hall of Fame in 1991.
Born in Chippewa Falls, Wis., in 1913, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1935, and later acquired a degree in chemical engineering from Washington State University.
A 40-year tire and retreading industry veteran, Mr. Faris began his career at his father's Spokane, Wash., tire and retreading business.
During World War II, he served in the European theater with the U.S. Army Ordinance, helping supply the Allied forces with tires and retreading service.
Not long after the war's close, Mr. Faris joined the Washington, D.C.-based staff of the National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association and, during his five years there, edited the NTDRA's retread shop manual.
In subsequent years, he worked for several retreading equipment companies and served for a time as director of Super Mold Corp.'s Technical Institute in Akron.
In 1973, Mr. Faris became general manager of Retreading Consultant Services Inc., the company that provided various support services, including trade show management, for the ARA, which today is known as the International Tire and Rubber Association. During the10 years he worked with the Louisville-based trade association, he provided training for more than 150 retread managers and shop foremen at various ARA seminars.
Mr. Faris is survived by his wife, Jean, also of Lodi, a daughter, Shannon, and one grandson.