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John F. Riordan, 72, twice chairman of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America and past president and CEO of GTI, the Gas Technology Institute, died Thursday. Riordan, who died following a brief illness, had been a board member for National Fuel Gas Co. (NFG) since 2000 and also had served on Nicor Inc.'s board. Riordan's 40-year career in the energy industry included helming GTI from April 2000 to December 2005. He also was past president and CEO of MidCon Corp. and president of the commodity chemical business at Occidental Petroleum Corp. (Oxy). Riordan directed Oxy's sale of MidCon to KN Energy Inc. and he served as vice chairman of KN Energy from February 1998 to February 1999. In addition, Riordan was formerly president of the natural gas liquids business at Cities Service Co. "Our sympathies are with John's family at this sad time," said NFG CEO David F. Smith. "He was a most valuable member of our board of directors and his leadership and keen insight strongly contributed to the success and growth the company has achieved. He will be deeply missed."

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