November 20, 2009

Infilco Degremont Mourns the Loss of Vernon Lucy

Richmond, VA, November 20, 2009 – It is with a profound sense of sadness that Infilco Degremont announces the loss of Mr. Vernon D. Lucy III.

Vernon served as President of Infilco Degremont, Inc. and had held that position for the past 11 years. Vernon was an engineering graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Following graduation he was in the US Army and served in Viet Nam. Vernon joined the Westinghouse Company in 1967 in their industrial field sales division. He remained with Westinghouse until the subsequent purchase of their water business by Degremont in 1974.

From his first assignment with Infilco Degremont as a Senior Application Engineer, he rose through the positions of Manager, Application Engineering; Manager, Marketing Operations, and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing on his way to being named President of the company in 1998.

In addition to Vernon’s long and distinguished career at Infilco Degremont, he was recognized globally as a water industry leader. Vernon’s contacts and influence in the industry are immeasurable. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Water Works Association, where he once chaired the Manufacturers and Associates Council. Vernon was also an active member of the Water Environment Federation, WWEMA, WateReuse Association, Clean Water Alliance, and numerous other industry associations. Closest to his heart was his affiliation with Water For People. Vernon gave his time and direct personal support to every effort of Water For People.

Beyond the long list of positions held and his many professional accomplishments, Vernon Lucy was a special man. All those that have had the opportunity to meet and work with Vernon know that he was a man of great grace and spirit. We will miss him terribly as our colleague and a true friend.

Donations to Water for People can be made in Vernon’s memory at

About Infilco Degremont, Inc.:
Infilco Degremont, Inc., is the equipment subsidiary of Degrémont, the water treatment specialist within SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT. Active in over 70 countries with nearly 4,600 employees, Degrémont achieved sales of EUR 1,014 million in 2008.