Newburyport — Rand H. Ackroyd, 64, of Newburyport, died unexpectedly from surgical complications on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.
Rand was born in Lawrence on September 24, 1948, to Theodore and Ethyl (Copeland) Ackroyd. He was educated in the Methuen school systems. He attended Wentworth College and graduated valedictorian of his class. He then attended Northeastern University and earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering. He was employed by Watts Regulator Company from 1972-1997. During this time, Mr. Ackroyd held many positions including Vice President of Codes and Standards and Vice President of Research and Development. Mr. Ackroyd held over 15 patents in backflow prevention valves as well as general plumbing products.
In 1997, he left Watts Regulator to be a stay-at-home Dad to his infant son, Cuyler Ackroyd. During this time, Mr. Ackroyd also started his own technical consulting company, Rand Engineering, Inc. Rand Engineering provided expert witness, forensic and litigation support services in the field of plumbing product performance, specifically with backflow prevention, pressure regulation, temperature control and safety pressure relief valves. Rand Engineering was also actively involved in developing and the updating of plumbing product performance standards, obtaining product approvals and managing the Plumbing and Drainage Institute trade association. Mr. Ackroyd was considered one of the world’s foremost experts in the area of backflow prevention.
He was awarded IAPMO’s Industry Man of the Year in 1996, ASSE’s Fellow Award for Outstanding Contributions in 1998 and ASSE’s Henry B. Davis Award for Meritorious Service in 1999. Mr. Ackroyd was a regular contributor to industry trade journals and lectured nationwide on Backflow Prevention and the Effective Use of Grease Interceptors.
Mr. Ackroyd was a member of many plumbing and heating associations, including American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), American Society of Sanitary Engineering (ASSE), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), American Waterworks Association (AWWA), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), American Backflow Prevention Association (ABPA), International Code Council (ICC), Canadian Standards Committee (CSA), International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), Plumbing and Drainage Institute (PDI), University of Southern California Foundation for Cross Connection Control and Hydraulic Research (USCFCCCR) and NSF International.