During his 40-plus years in the industry, Linder’s contributions impacted propane safety in significant ways. Linder was influential on the technical side of the industry and his work is responsible for many of the fire protection standards in place today. He served as chairman of NPGA’s Technology and Standards Committee, as well as of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee on LP gas (NFPA 58) – a rare feat for a propane industry representative. Linder was the primary force behind the concept of redundant fail-safe product control measures in bulk storage facilities, which he introduced to the Technology and Standards Committee and which was later adopted into NFPA 58. The concept behind product control became the basis for the Fire Safety Analysis Manual. Linder has been honored for his efforts to make the industry safer. The Western Propane Gas Association awarded him with its Distinguished Service Award in 2008. A year later, NPGA presented him with its Safety Award. Linder spent the latter part of his career with Coast Gas in Watsonville, California, before retiring as director of technical services in 1996. He began his career in 1953 with Suburban Cos. Inc., which later became Williams Energy Co. and Buckeye Gas Products, holding a number of leadership positions. After Linder’s work in the propane industry, he founded Energy Control Equipment, which offers solutions for refrigeration systems. A native Californian, Linder, 86, resides in Watsonville.