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PPA Today: In Memory: May 2012 Archives

In Memory: May 2012 Archives

Our hearts go out to all the family, friends and the many lives these PPA members have touched.

Scott Stahl
Scott, owner of Scott Stahl Photography in Phoenix, Ariz., passed away May 16, 2012. After his stint with the Marine Corps., he married Kay and went through many different occupations until settling as a professional photographer--something he enjoyed doing every single day. He first joined the PPA family in 2006 as he followed his love for landscape, nature, event and wedding photography.

Keith N. Griffin
Keith, 54, of Winston Salem, N.C., passed away unexpectedly on May 8, 2012. An electrician by trade, he was a photographer at heart who had just joined PPA's family last year. Family and friends may leave their memories of Keith in the guestbook at View his obituary.

James "Jim"  Stagner, M.Photog.Cr.
Jim, a PPA member since 1983 and a longtime member of the Virginia Professional Photographers Association (VPPA) and the Manassas-Warrenton camera club, passed away April 23, 2012, in California. He and his wife of 25 years, Mary Ann, made their home in Virginia. Jim served in the Air Force and worked for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), but he became interested in photography through Mary Ann, who owned Lasting Images by Mary Ann. Although he didn't work in the studio, Jim captured beautiful images of flowers, landscapes and other pictorials. In fact, he won Best of Show at VPPA the very first time he entered as a member.

Richard Kinstler, Cr.Photog.
Richard, 92, of Mason, Ohio, passed away February 28, 2012. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he helped form the Photo/graphics department at P&G in 1947, where he was an accomplished photographer, manager and inventor for 35 years. He joined the PPA family in 1954 and became an award-winning Life Member with an artist's eye and the skill to capture the moment, tell a story, and make friends along the way. View his obituary.


ron_k_blog.JPGRon Kalwajtys, 73, president of GP Albums/General Products LLC, passed away on April 18, 2012.

Ron was introduced to the family business at a very young age when his father, Ray, took him to work on weekends to get out of his mother's hair. By the mid-1950s, Ron was an important part of the album business and learned every operation in the plant. In the 1960s, he became part the sales team. He was also an exhibitor at the very first PPA trade show (now called Imaging EXPO) as well as the first WPPI trade show. Throughout the years and these experiences, he saw the photographic industry blossom and change dramatically. And although he had been battling prostate cancer for five years, he continued to work at GP until he was hospitalized with complications from his chemotherapy in early April.  
Michael Ayers, a family friend and longtime GP customer, described Ron perfectly in saying, "He never knew a stranger and will be missed by all those who knew and loved him... right about now he is enjoying a Ketel One on the rocks."
The Kalwajtys family will continue the GP Albums/General Products legacy that Ron and his father Ray created. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and all the lives he touched.

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This page is a archive of entries in the In Memory category from May 2012.

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