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Former NRCA vice president passes away

Van Wagoner

John Demarest Van Wagoner II, former NRCA vice president, passed away Aug. 25. He was 89.

Van Wagoner co-founded the Prospect group of commercial roofing and waterproofing companies in Crystal City, Va., in 1968. The Prospect group of companies completed work on several notable buildings, including the National Gallery of Art, National Geographic Society and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He also co-founded Insulated Building Systems, Winchester, Va., a manufacturer of expanded polystyrene insulation and related building products, and GeoTech Systems Corp., Great Falls, Va., a company that develops and tests geosynthetic materials. GeoTech Systems produced the first below-grade prefabricated drainage system for foundation and retaining walls in the U.S. In addition, Van Wagoner was issued six U.S. patents and one Canadian patent and published several technical papers related to his work.

Van Wagoner served as NRCA vice president from 1982-84 and NRCA director from 1980-82 and 1984-87. He served on numerous NRCA committees, including the Government Relations Committee, Manual Update Committee, Political Action Committee, Research Services Committee and Technical Operations Committee. Van Wagoner also was a member of the National Roofing Foundation, The Roofing Industry Educational Institute, Virginia Association of Roofing Professionals and Washington Area Roofing Contractors Association.