Richard Kammerling, an early adopter of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) whose career in pest control and food safety spanned 50 years, passed away on Nov. 21. He was 80.
A graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, Kammerling spent three years in the U.S. Air Force, and soon after his discharge began working as consultant to the pest control and food safety industries.
Respected by colleagues for his commitment to IPM, Kammerling’s business, RK Pest Management Services, developed new technologies; conducted pest management inspections; provided technical support and designed food safety and IPM programs.
He is remembered as an important “sounding board” and mentor to others in pest control and food safety. Many of his business relationships evolved into lasting friendships.
Kammerling is survived by Rosalie, his wife of 56 years; the couple’s four daughters; and seven grandchildren.
"Richard was my mentor when I started in this industry and taught me so much about IPM, the food industry and business ethics. Our industry will miss one of the best." — Hank Hirsch, CEO and founder of RK Environmental Services and Comprehensive Foods Safety
"Richard was one of my biggest champions and toughest critics, his coaching skills were impeccable. His impact on my career was immeasurable and I am forever grateful for meeting him over 25 years ago. Richard stood for excellence and accepted nothing less. Richard's best advice to me was to never compromise and be yourself." — Dan Collins, independent pest management professional
"Richard was a leader in educating many of us on how to conduct proper professional pest management and was always available to give his counsel and share his experience. He stands shoulder to shoulder with the greatest we have known in our industry and will be dearly missed." — Al St. Cyr, retired food industry and pest management consultant