NFAIS Statement on Former CAS President, Robert J. Massie, 66

June 10, 2015, Annapolis, MD – The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™), the nation’s leading membership association for the information services industry, expresses its condolences on the passing of Robert J. Massie, former president of Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS).

Massie, 66, died on June 7 at his home in Columbus, Ohio. He led Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), a global leader in chemical information and a longstanding NFAIS member organization, for nearly 22 years until his retirement in March 2014.

“On behalf of the NFAIS membership and Board of Directors, I extend our heartfelt condolences to the Massie family,” said Marcie Granahan, NFAIS Executive Director. “Mr. Massie was a leader and an inspiration to so many in all of the facets of his life. His contributions to CAS and the information community have set the highest standards of integrity, dedication and commitment to serving the public good. He leaves an extraordinary legacy of which his family should be justly proud.”

Massie was designated an NFAIS Honorary Fellow at the NFAIS 2015 Annual Conference, February 22-24, in recognition for the significant contributions he made during his career to NFAIS and to the information services community. He also was named the 2008 NFAIS Miles Conrad Award Recipient, given annually at the NFAIS Annual Conference, and which is considered the information industry’s premier honor for achievement in fostering the growth of information services.

Prior to joining CAS in 1992, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Gale Research, a library reference publisher and subsidiary of the Thomson publishing organization. Earlier in his career, Massie practiced law with Covington and Burling. He held a joint JD/MBA degree from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, and was an Honors graduate of Yale College.

In addition to his corporate leadership roles, Massie served on the boards of a number of for-profit companies, including MindLeaders. He served as a member of several Boards of Directors in the Columbus area, including the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and The Columbus Partnership, a civic development organization comprised of 52 CEOs from Columbus’ leading businesses and institutions focused on improving the economic vitality of the Columbus region.

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The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS™) is a global, nonprofit, volunteer-powered membership organization that serves the information community – that is, all those who create, aggregate, organize, and otherwise provide ease of access to and effective navigation and use of authoritative, credible information. Member organizations represent a cross-section of content and technology providers, including database creators, publishers, libraries, host systems, information technology developers, content management providers and other related groups. They embody a true partnership of commercial, nonprofit and government organizations that embraces a common mission – to build the world's knowledge-base through enabling research and managing the flow of scholarly communication. NFAIS exists to promote the success of its members and for more than 50 years has provided a forum in which to address common interests through education and advocacy.