ASSE Loses Two Former Volunteer Leaders: Steve Kane & Ray Boylston

The ASSE family has lost two former volunteer leaders, Steven F. Kane, P.E., CSP, a long-time member who served as Region VIII vice president, and 1988-89 ASSE President and Society Fellow Raymond P. Boylston.

Kane was struck and killed by a car Nov. 1 while riding his bike in Calverton, NY. Kane was a safety engineer at Brookhaven National Laboratory. “We are stunned and devastated by this sudden and tragic loss,” ASSE President Richard A. Pollock, CSP, said. “Steve was an amazing person committed to his family, the occupational safety, health and environmental profession, and to protecting people. His work on the board contributed greatly to the continued growth and success of ASSE. He will be greatly missed by the ASSE membership and his professional peers.”

Kane also served on several safety standard setting committees and chaired the ANSI/ASSE Z490 committee. He also received several awards including the ASSE Charles V. Culbertson Outstanding Volunteer Service Award and the Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year Award. Memorials in Kane’s honor can be made to LiveStrong.

Boylston held various positions with DuPont Co. before becoming the first state director of North Carolina OSHA in 1977. He also worked for American Textile Manufacturers’ Institute before cofounding ELB and Associates Inc., a consulting firm for which he served as vice president, senior vice president and president before retiring in 1994. Following his ASSE presidency, Boylston remained active and played a key role in the launching of the ASSE Foundation in 1990. He was honored as a Fellow in 1994.

“Personally, no individual influenced me more professionally than Ray,” says Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH, ASSE’s Vice President, Professional Affairs. “I would not have worked in the safety profession for the last 40 years if not for Ray Boylston. He was a mentor for a generation of safety professionals in the North Carolina region. He taught us all to never compromise when it came to protecting workers.”

Suggested memorials include American Cancer Society or the V Foundation for Cancer Research.