The Water Quality Research Foundation (WQRF) recently received a donation in the amount of $50,000 from the Wayne and Mary Packard Foundation, Minnetonka, Minn. Mr. F. Wayne Packard, CWS-III, was a longtime member and ardent supporter of the Water Quality Association (WQA), and was honored with the WQA Hall of Fame Award in 1980. His son, John Packard, CWS-V, followed his father into the water treatment industry. John and sisters Martha Packard Ross and Betsy Packard, as trustees of the Foundation, made the award to the WQRF prior to the WQA Aquatech USA 2005 International Exhibition and Educational Conference in Las Vegas.

John Packard is past president of the WQA and has been awarded both the WQA Key and Hall of Fame Awards, and has served on numerous committees and task forces. He currently is vice-president of the WQRF. Packard is president of Culligan Water Conditioning in Minnetonka, Minn.