Mr. Hendrix was a strong leader and the best colleague one could wish for, according to a statement issued by Kusters. "He distinguished himself through a very open leadership style and treated all colleagues and employees as equals-just as his great role model Eduard Küsters had done," the company said. "He always strove for understanding, fairness and very purposeful handling of the large and small problems of daily life. His friendly, always even-tempered, cheerful and optimistic attitude put its mark on the Küsters Corporation. His death is a tragic and sad loss for us all."