Paramus, NJ - The National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL) mourns the passing of businessman, industrialist, and philanthropist Frank Motter, on June 17, 2005. Motter served as president of the Research and Engineering Council (now the R&E Council of NAPL) from 1975-1976.
Born in 1927 in York, Pa., Motter was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. With his father, John, and brother, John Jr., Motter established the Motter Printing Press Company in 1953. Among other products, the family-run company made some of the first flexographic presses used by U.S newspapers. He retired in 1990 as chairman of the board and president of the company.
Motter received a Bachelor of Science degree in Printing Management from Carnegie Institute of Technology and, in 1993, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from York College of Pennsylvania.
A member and elder of First Presbyterian Church of York, Motter was well-known for his philanthropy and active involvement in community and charitable organizations. He was a life member of the York County Agricultural Society and served as board member on many other organizations.
Active in industry associations, in addition to serving as president of the R&E Council in the mid-1970s, Motter served on the board of the Gravure Research Institute and the Gravure Association of America. He received the John L. Kronenberg Industry Leadership award in 1992. He recently retired from the Board of Trustees of York College of Pennsylvania, Drovers Bank, the York Water Company, and KBA North America, the successor to Motter Printing Press Co.
WhatTheyThink is the global printing industry's leading independent media organization with both print and digital offerings, including WhatTheyThink.com, PrintingNews.com and WhatTheyThink magazine versioned with a Printing News and Wide-Format & Signage edition. Our mission is to provide cogent news and analysis about trends, technologies, operations, and events in all the markets that comprise today’s printing and sign industries including commercial, in-plant, mailing, finishing, sign, display, textile, industrial, finishing, labels, packaging, marketing technology, software and workflow.