LI ASSE Safety Professional of the Year Recipients
2011 Charles Keeling, Anthony Ciuffo
2010 Robert Holthausen, Leo DeBobes
2008 Howard Edelson
2006 Carlos Rentas, Hector Santiago
2004 Jill Kavoukian
1998 Douglas Cody
1992 Leo DeBobes
LI ASSE Howard Edelson Distinguished Chapter Service Award
2014 Jen Grano
2012 Robert Holthausen
2011 Joann Robertson
2010 Werner Laag
2006 Doug Cody
Awards – 2013
Leo DeBobes’ Edward Monsanto Queeny Award
Member Spotlight – Leo J. DeBobes, MA (OS&H), CSP, CHCM, CPEA, CHEP, CHSP, CSC, EMT
Congratulations to Leo who has been awarded The Edgar Monsanto Queeny Award, the ASSE’s Safety Professional of the Year! This is a great honor which recognized Leo for his outstanding contributions to the Society.
Information on the Award: Edgar Monsanto Queeny, third president of Monsanto Company and son of the company’s founder, saw first-hand the tragedy that can result from an industrial accident – perhaps more than any other chief executive in the history of American industry. Mr. Queeny was president of Monsanto on April 16, 1947, when the explosion of a French freighter destroyed Monsanto’s Texas City plant. The explosion killed 512 people, including 145 Monsanto employees.
Mr. Queeny was appalled by what he saw as he viewed the destruction. A short time later, he wrote a report to employees and shareholders describing what he had seen. It was, as a national news correspondent put it, “a masterpiece of restrained agony.” The loss and devastation moved him to place even greater emphasis on safety in the company’s operations. The firm’s enviable safety record to this day reflects Edgar Monsanto Queeny’s deep personal commitment to protecting workers from industrial accidents and health hazards.
It is in Mr. Queeny’s memory that Monsanto Company proudly supports the objectives of ASSE and sponsors the Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year Award.
The award is conveyed annually to recognize a safety professional who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the safety field while making significant contributions to advancing the safety profession. The recipient of the award is selected by ASSE’s Technical and Professional Recognition Committee.