CLEVELAND - Patrick J. Brennan, Vice President of Q-Lab Corp., Westlake, OH, died Sept. 20, 2009. During his 30-year Q-Lab career, he became established as one of the few experts in the field of accelerated weathering and lightfastness. He was an active member of ASTM, ISO and AATCC, standards-making organizations.
An ASTM member since 1986, Brennan participated in committees on metallic coatings B08, sealants C24, paint and coatings D01, road and paving materials D04, roofing D08, textiles D13, plastics D20, building materials E06, corrosion G01 and weathering G03, and more than 50 subcommittees. He served as the D20.50 Sub Chairman from 1991-2006 and was honored with the D20 Award of Appreciation in 2000 and the G03 Group Chairman of the Year Award in 2001.
Brennan was an active member of AATCC for 23 years, participating in several research committees and as a member of the International Test Methods Committee. He was instrumental in changing Test Method 16 to a performance-based standard. He was former chair of the Weather Resistance Test Methods and the Colorfastness to Light Test Methods committees, and served as the U.S. expert for the ISO light stability and weathering committee for several years. He also served on ISO TC38 for textiles and ISO TC61 for plastics from 1992-2005.
Brennan started his career at Q-Lab working on the Q-Panel line and assembling QUVs. Later, as the leader of Sales and Marketing at Q-Lab, he oversaw the initial launch of the Q-Fog Cyclic Corrosion Chamber (1993), Florida and Arizona Weathering Research Service (1995) and Q-Sun Xenon Test Chamber (1998). Over the past quarter century, he has overseen the global expansion of Q-Lab into more than 60 countries including the opening of Q-Lab China and Q-Lab Germany.
Brennan published numerous technical papers on weathering and lightfastness and taught audiences around the world. His contributions to the science of weathering and light stability have been immeasurable.