Briefly Noted

Thom Smith, 63, vice president of branded lubricant technology at Valvoline, died on June 3. Smith, who joined Valvoline in 1997, worked for more than 40 years in the lubricant industry, including in roles with Shell, Gulf Canada and Petro-Canada, Ultramar and Lubrizol. Active in American Petroleum Institute and ASTM forums, he represented Valvoline on the API Lubricants Group, served as chair of ASTMs Passenger Car Engine Oil Classification Panel for 13 years and most recently was chair of the API Category Life Oversight Group. Cincinnati, Ohio-based RelaDyne acquired lubricants distributor Legacy Fueling and Lubricants, headquartered in Victoria, Texas.