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May 27, 2011 - ASTM International Committee C12 on Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry recognized Margaret Thomson, Ph.D. with ASTM Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. Cited reasons for this honor included Thomson's leadership and commitment to standards development for said committee, especially concerning historic mortars. In addition to being C12 member-at-large, Thomson also serves as vice chairman of Committee C07 on Lime and chairman of Subcommittee C07.06 on Physical Tests.

ASTM International Committee on Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry Presents Award of Merit to Dr. Margaret Thomson

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Press release date: May 25, 2011

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-ASTM International Committee C12 on Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry has recognized Margaret Thomson, Ph.D., director of New Business Development, Technical Services, at Lhoist North America in Fort Worth, Texas, with the ASTM Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow. The Award of Merit is the highest organizational recognition for individual contributions to ASTM standards activities.

Committee C12 cited Thomson, a member of ASTM International since 1996, for her exceptional leadership and commitment to standards development for the committee, especially in the area of historic mortars. In addition to her work for C12, where she currently serves as a member at large, Thomson is vice chairman of Committee C07 on Lime and chairman of Subcommittee C07.06 on Physical Tests. C07 has honored her with two Awards of Appreciation for her contributions. She also works on Committees C01 on Cement, C15 on Manufactured Masonry Units and E60 on Sustainability.

Thomson joined Lhoist North America (formerly Chemical Lime Co.) as technical manager of Chemstar Type S Hydrated Lime in 1996. She was promoted to technical director, Western Sales Division, in 2009, and received her current title in 2011. Before Lhoist, she was a research scientist focusing on performance of lime-based mortar for masonry at the National Research Council Canada's Institute for Research in Construction. Thomson received a B.Sc. with honors and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada.

In addition to ASTM International, Thomson is a member of the Canadian Standards Association, the Masonry Society, the American Concrete Institute and the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM).

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

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