Ted Bauer, one of the leading players in the evolution of the MDF industry worldwide, passed away at home in Medford, Oregon on November 14, 2011 following a long illness.

A graduate of Iowa State University, Mr Bauer became well-known in the US, Europe and Australasia as the driving force behind the growth of MDF and the Medite MDF brand.

He pioneered the MDF revolution in western Europe, most notably in 1978 when he held the FIDOR conference in Eastbourne spellbound.

In 1987 Ted Bauer was appointed vice-president of Medite Corporation and in 1989 he became president and chief executive officer.

He retired from Medite Corporation in December 1993.

Mr Bauer is survived by his wife Jan, to whom he was married for 51 years, and their six children and their families.