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Lubrication expert receives NLGI’s highest honour

Fairfax, VA --  John P. Doner, a 30-year company employee of ExxonMobil, recently earned the National Lubricat...


January 2, 2009
By MRO Magazine

Fairfax, VA —  John P. Doner, a 30-year company employee of ExxonMobil, recently earned the National Lubricating Grease Institute’s (NLGI) prestigious ‘Award for Achievement’.


Recognized as the NLGI’s highest honour, the ‘Award for Achievement’ is reserved for individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the long-term growth and development of the institute and the field of lubricating grease technology.



As an Advanced Research Associate with ExxonMobil Research & Engineering in Paulsboro, NJ, Doner holds nearly 20 patents related to grease manufacturing and composition.


Throughout his career he has both participated in and overseen the development and formulation of many high-performance, Mobil-branded greases that are today used in nearly every type of commercial and industrial business, including aerospace, aviation, automotive, commercial vehicle, industrial, marine, mining and motorsports.


“Through our extensive commitment to research and development, ExxonMobil has always been at the forefront of lubricant and grease technology, delivering products that help our customers across a wide range of industries meet their most demanding challenges and maximize their productivity,” said, Hugh Helferty, products research and technology manager, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering. “Throughout his career, John Doner has played an integral role in expanding ExxonMobil’s leadership in the field of grease lubrication. We are proud to celebrate his well-deserved distinction of earning the NLGI’s ‘Award for Achievement’.”


A prolific technical writer and longtime NLGI Fellow, Doner has authored and presented numerous grease technical papers to the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and Society Of Tribologists and Lubricating Engineers (STLE).


A past recipient of numerous NLGI awards for technical literature and education contributions, Doner’s achievements include co-authoring the NLGI test for “Certified Lubricating Grease Specialist,” serving as past chairperson of the NLGI Technical Committees, and writing the “Ask the Expert” section of the monthly journal “NLGI Spokesman” which is distributed to more than 2,500 NLGI members.


Doner, who first gained experience working with lubricating greases as a U.S. Army civilian employee prior to joining ExxonMobil, said, “As a longtime NLGI member, it is a great honour and privilege to receive the organization’s ‘Award for Achievement’.”


“And, while I never reached my childhood dream of becoming an astronaut,” Doner said, “I am proud to say that the high-performance Mobil-branded synthetic greases I have helped to develop are today used in a wide range of applications, including airplanes and vehicles used for space exploration.”


“So, in that small way, I guess I’ve had a chance to make my impact in the sky.”


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