Physical Test Equipment Legend Paul N. Gardner Jr. Passes at 81

Paul N. Gardner Jr. (pictured), former president of the Paul N. Gardner Company (GARDCO), passed away on February 8. Photo courtesy of GARDCO.

In an emailed press release, the Paul N. Gardner Company (GARDCO) (Columbia, Maryland, USA) announced that Paul N. Gardner Jr., former president and chairman of the board of GARDCO, passed away on February 8 at the age of 81.

“The physical test equipment industry has lost a true legend,” says Sherri Thompson, marketing manager, GARDCO.

Gardner’s legacy is one of dedication, passion, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. Starting in 1981, he was actively involved with GARDCO for more than 40 years and played a pivotal role in the company’s success. Rising to the position of president and chairman in 1995, he led with vision and integrity.

Gardner’s influence extended beyond his company to the broader industry. As an active member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) for more than 37 years, he contributed significantly to the advancement of standards in the field of paint and related coatings. His family’s involvement with ASTM dates back over a century, with a lineage of influence tracing back to the participation of his grandfather, Henry A. Gardner Sr., in 1908.

Within ASTM Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Gardner made a lasting impact. He demonstrated his commitment to recognizing the dedication of fellow members by establishing an awards program. Through monetary contributions, his company established the Gardner Task Group Chairman of the Year Award, honoring sustained leadership in standard development. Additionally, the Euverard Innovation Award, endowed by the Paul N. Gardner Company, celebrates individuals who develop innovative test devise used in standards development under the jurisdiction of D01.

Paul N. Gardner Jr. served as an inspiration to all who had the privilege of working alongside him. His contributions to his company, industry, and standards development will be remembered and cherished by many.