Philip H. Emery Jr. was a 1957 graduate of the University of Maine with a B.S. degree in Engineering Physics and a Fifth Year Certificate in Pulp and Paper. He earned his Ph.D. from the Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Emery began his career at Westvaco Corporation's Charleston, South Carolina Research Lab. After assignments in the Charleston paper mill, he transferred to Luke, Maryland where he became Production Manager in 1976. Emery was appointed the mill’s Manager in 1981.
Emery briefly left Westvaco in 1985, working for another paper company for only a year before returning to his former employer. Returning to Westvaco, he was named Manager, Corporate Engineering. In 1992, Emery returned to Charleston, as mill Manager and Vice President. In 1995, he became Senior Vice President and Manager of the Fine Papers Division, relocating to Richmond, Virginia. Emery retired from Westvaco in late 1999.
In 1990, Emery became Chair of the University of Maine Pulp and Paper Foundation Membership Committee. In 1995, he was elected the Foundation's President, and in 1997, Chairman. He also served as Chair of the Gifts and Bequests Committee.
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Chemical engineering, Pulp science, Paper manufacturing