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Fred W.J. Liu

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Fred W.J. Liu, founder of Pyrazine Specialties and CTC Organics, has died. Liu arrived in the United States more than 50 years ago, eventually founding Continental Trading Co. and its aroma chemical subsidiary, CTC Organics. In 1971, he established Pyrazine Specialties with Raymond Kimbrough.

Lucy Kimbrough Henry, daughter of Raymond and Pryazine Specialties’ representative, said, “While the loss of Dr. Liu is tremendous, we are proceeding in accordance with Dr. Liu and my dad’s plan for both businesses. My sister, brother, and I have been in place since our dad’s death last year and with this next generation of leadership, Sande Cropsey, a 10-year veteran and former director of sales for both companies, has accepted the appointment as interim chief operating officer."

Cropsey commented, “Dr. Liu and I worked closely for many years, and we will continue his work. He was a good businessman, a good teacher, and an icon in the industry. Our commitment to offer quality products and service at reasonable prices is a promise upon which our customers have relied for many years and one upon which they can continue to rely. While both Dr. Liu and Dr. Kimbrough are sorely missed, we look forward to this next phase of our growth and development. We also wish to thank all of you for your kind expressions of sympathy.”