Memorials

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This page is dedicated to those who, while no longer among us, dedicated so selflessly their time and talents to further the work of our committee.  If you have a personal remembrance or the name and information for a member not listed, please let us know.


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Bennon, Sal

1914 - 2002

Sal contributed significantly to the Committee and to the Industry, and leaves behind many friends within our ranks.  He earned a BSEE and MSEE from the University of Pennsylvania; and became an IEEE Fellow in 1966 for his contributions to the design of transformers and calculations of performance, especially in the field of impulse voltage distribution. In addition, he was awarded the Order of Merit from Westinghouse Electric in 1945; and was Chair of the Transformers Committee from 1978 to 1979.

Bonucchi, Joseph Victor

1926 - 2014

Joe worked for Public Service Company of Indiana and afterward retiring moved to Arizona.  Joe was an active participant of the Transformers Committee and served through the officer’s progression to become Chair from 1979 to 1980.

Brush Jr., Edwin Franklyn (Ned)

1941 - 2016

Ned attended local schools in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and went on to receive four degrees at M.I.T. including a Doctorate of Science in 1967 in Materials Science and Engineering. He was fascinated by how metallurgical processes worked and how they could be improved. His business career focused on consulting and he worked closely with both the copper development industry and electrical transformer industry. Ned was a consultant for most of his 50+ years in the electrical industry, where he had many clients with challenging materials issues. 

He particularly loved his association with the IEEE Transformers Committee and did his best to assist with transformer technology development.  He hoped to continue his influence by assisting with new understanding about Distribution Transformer Loading.

Ned left behind his dear wife, Deborah Whitaker, a professor and Assistant Dean of Admissions at Boston University School of Medicine; son, Edwin Brush III, a pilot in the Navy; and daughter, Kathryn Rethman.

Ned loved the ocean and lived next to the Pemaquid Point Light House in New Harbor, Maine.  Ned always prided himself on being a direct descendent from the Mayflower Crossing in 1620.

Ned will always be remembered for his infectious smile, and his genuine interest in people and almost any subject.

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Cash, Donald James

1933 - 2013

Don Cash was a graduate of Port Huron High School, Port Huron Junior College and the University of Michigan. He was a principal engineer at Detroit Edison for 33 years and also worked at Nevada Power and Light for five years, and with Entergy in New Orleans and as an electrical consultant. He was a member of IEEE, Toastmasters, Past Commodore of the Edison Boat Club and attended Blue Water Christian Church. Don loved to travel and anything to do with computers.

Don and his wife Wilma were hosts of our committee meeting in 1983 in Detroit, and again in 2004 in Las Vegas ... 21 years between meetings!

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Compton, Olin

1925 - 2009

Olin had an outstanding career of 48 years at Virginia Electric & Power Co., and although an excellent engineer in many areas, he became a transformer expert.  As an expert, he was an advisor to transformer research projects with the U.S. Department of Energy and mentor to many engineers.  Olin was extremely active in standards; was a representative to ANSI for 12 years; and contributed to numerous Transformers Committee sponsored standards.  He became Chair of the Transformers Committee 1987-1988, and was the Performance Characteristics Subcommittee Chair before that. Olin was very active in his church and community, and committed substantial time to his support of Habitat for Humanity during his retirement.


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Dunlap, David

2008


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Ebert, John Arnold

1924 - 2007

Those of us who have been in the industry for more than a few years, particularly those associated with our Committee, knew John as a perfect gentleman, a good friend, and an extremely well talented and skilled engineer. John was actively involved in Committee work for many years. 

John was a 1947 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering and obtained his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. John worked as a transformer design engineer at the Allis Chalmers Co. before becoming the chief design engineer for ASEA Electric in Waukesha. John remained with the company through several name changes and retired in 1996. John was a member of IEEE, Toastmasters International and Faith Baptist Church of Waukesha.


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Grunert, Robert

1943 - 2008

Bob was retired from ERMCO and RG Services, a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Dyersburg Choral Society, Leadership Dyer County, a board member of the Dyersburg-Dyer County Chamber of Commerce, bishop and council of the West Tennessee Episcopal Diocese, a member of the Community Concert Board and the Dyer County Arts Council.

Bob was a Senior Life Member of IEEE and a member of the IEEE/PES Transformers Committee.  Bob and his wife Judi were regular attendees to Committee meetings.

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Gryszkiewicz, Francis J.

1948 - 2007

Frank was an active participant in Committee activities at least since the early 80’s, and he served for many years from the 90’s as our Insulating Fluids Subcommittee Chair.  Many of our members and participants knew Frank as a friend and a very capable and knowledgeable Committee Member, and we all benefited from our association with him.


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Hall, A.C. (Sam)

1932-2015

Sam was born Arthur Conway Hall in 1932 in Westerhope, Northumberland, England.  He started his professional career in 1948 as an apprentice at C A Parsons in Newcastle.  His education was interrupted when he contracted TB in 1952.  After completing the Higher National Diploma (HND), Sam took an external degree in high voltage engineering from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.  He was awarded the prestigious Parsons Prize for computer aided transformer design, and worked his way up to Chief Design Engineer at Parsons.  In 1965 he joined the Central Electricity Generating Board (CEGB) as Transformer Engineer.  Sam officially retired in 1997, but continued as an international consultant, including work on HVDC transformer failures in India.

Sam's many contributions to the transformer industry included the development of a specification for railway supply transformers, initiating research on Frequency Response Analysis (FRA) for detecting winding movement in transformers, introducing on-line gas monitoring, developing transformer thermal modelling, and CIGRE reports on Streaming Electrification, Transformer Specification, and Reliability Surveys.

Sam leaves behind his wife Dorothy, son Michael, and daughter Kerry.

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Heathcote, Martin J

1938-2015

Martin attended Sheffield University and in 1956, at a university dance, first met 16 year old Penny Geoghegan.  They were married in 1963 and have two children, Catherine and Stephen. 

After university, Martin began working for Ferranti as a graduate apprentice, where he started far more than his career – meeting friends who would guide, support and shape his values for the rest of his life.  Martin moved on to secure a new job at the Central Electricity Generating Board, the CEGB. 

In 1991, at the age of 53, Martin launched his own company, Martin Heathcote Associates Limited, with Penny as Company Secretary.  Martin was passionate about the comforts of life, but also passionate that every job and every report would be completed to the highest standards.  Martin traveled worldwide, overseeing the construction, testing, and installation of transformers, as well as acting as an expert witness in transformer disputes and became a published author.

Martin viewed it as a great privilege to be working, meeting people, and delivering real value.  He never stopped.  For each of us, he leaves a legacy; perhaps some advice or memory that will live on in our lives.  Martin always looked on the bright side of life, loved company – be it family, friends, or colleagues, enjoyed life, was driven by a strong work ethic, and maintained a deep faith.

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Heinrichs, Frank

1927-2016

Frank was a graduate of Carnegie Technical Institute (Carnegie Mellon University). He developed his transformer expertise with McGraw Edison/Cooper Industries at Canonsburg, PA, where he pursued his career.  Frank was an active member of the committee for many years, and in particular the Insulating Fluids SC where he was Chair of C57.104 and C57.130 WGs.  He retired as Chief Engineer, and spent his retirement in Gibsonia, PA.  Frank was active with his church, was a U.S. Marine Corp Veteran,  and enjoyed the outdoors.


Henry, George

2003

George worked at Central Moloney and his long years of service to the industry and the committee will be remembered, as well as his friendship that many of us shared.


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James Jr., Rowland I

1950-2014

Rowland was an active Transformers Committee Member and a Senior Member of IEEE, and was involved in many working groups.  Just prior to his death, Rowland participated in transformer monitoring activities.  He was Chair of the 2006 publication of the Guide for Evaluation and Reconditioning of Power Transformers, C57.140, and the current Chair for the revision of that document.

Rowland was a loving husband to his wife Sylvia and loving father to his two daughters Christina and Kelly. Rowland really loved his girls. His hunting, fishing and cooking exploits are renowned. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. As a result of Hurricane Katrina, his home in Metairie was severely damaged, but Rowland persevered to rebuild his home. He had a strong compassion for each of us and was the epitome for what we all strive to achieve.  We will all miss his refreshing smiles, stories stories of Cajun Louisiana, wisdom, and technical knowledge.

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Keithly, David A.

1942 - 2015

 

David A. Keithly, 72, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015.  He was born May 9, 1942 in South Haven, Michigan.  He and Joanne were married 47 years. 

Dave retired in 2008 from Siemens.  In 1966, he started at Allis-Chalmers in West Allis, Wisconsin (which the electrical division became Siemens-Allis).  In 1977, he moved to RTE-ASEA in Waukesha (which later became Magnetek, then Waukesha Electric, etc.) and worked there 11 years.  He later moved to North Carolina to work for Siemens.  Dave was an active participant in the IEEE Transformers Committee, and he and Joanne were regular attendees at those meetings.

It was said, "It is sad that Dave is gone.  He was one of those guys you liked to sit next to on a bus trip.  In addition to learning a few things, you felt good just being in his company".

Kelly, Joseph J.

1936 - 2017

Joseph James Kelly Jr., age 81, passed away August 26, 2017. He was Husband, Dad, Papa, provider, patriot, and man of faith.

Joe served as a transformer committee member since before 1980 and WG Chair for C57.106 from 1998 through 2002.  He was a legendary figure who aided in the personal development of many of those attending the Transformer Committee meetings.  Joe was not afraid to voice an opinion and quick to point out that he was a Chemist just before making a good natured remark about Engineers..  Joe inspired many to get involved in standards work. 

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Kline, Alexander D. "Don

1925-2014

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Alexander D. "Don" Kline of Hilton Head, South Carolina passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014 at his home.  He was born in Newark, NJ in 1925 and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in 1946.  Don was also a Commissioned Officer of the Naval Reserves from 1943-46 as V-12 and again from 1953-1955 as a Junior Grade Lieutenant. 

He joined the General Electric Company in 1946 and worked in the transformer departments of Pittsfield, MA from 1946-1953, Rome GA from 1955-1962, and Philadelphia Switchgear department from 1964-1966.  During his Rome, GA assignment, Don received the coveted Cordiner Award for his exceptional work on Transformer Design and Value Analysis.  He also became an expert in Dry Type Transformer Design.

From 1966-1969 Don worked for Ensign Electric & Mfg. Co. in Huntington, WV, a new plant where Nomex Insulation was introduced for Dry Type Transformers.  Then from 1969-1991 he founded and ran the Southern Transformer Company in East Point, Georgia (near Atlanta), which produced 15-5000 kVA Dry Type Transformers.

Don could not retire.  Instead he became a consultant in 1991 until his passing.  He specialized in Dry Type, Rectifier, and Transit Duty Transformers.

He was a Registered Professional Engineer in Georgia and New York.  Don was also a Senior Life member of IEEE, where for many years he participated in the Transformers Committee and later in the Transit Committee.

He leaves behind his dear wife, Carolyn, who he married in 1953 while at GE Pittsfield.  It is interesting to note that Carolyn designed the power transformers that continue to operate at Hoover Dam.

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Manning, Melvin Lane

1900-1991

Melvin spent his early years and received his education at Miller and later received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at South Dakota State College in 1927. Melvin received his M.S. at the University of Pittsburg in 1932 and college teacher's certificate in 1933. Melvin worked in various engineering capacities at Westinghouse Electrical Corporation from 1928 until 1931 and from 1936 to 1942. Melvin was an instructor in the Mathematics Department at the University of Pittsburg from 1931 to 1935. Dean Manning was associate professor of Electrical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology in 1942 and 1943, at Cornell University from 1943 to 1945, and was chief engineer at Kuhlman Electric Co. at Bay City, Michigan, from 1945 to 1943. From 1949 to 1958, Melvin was research engineer at McGraw-Edison Company in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. From 1958 td 1972, Melvin was with the South Dakota State University College of Engineering. During- those years he served as Dean from1958 to 1966. Melvin was also Director of the Engineering Experiment Station and Professor of Electrical Engineering.

It is especially noteworthy that, at age 90, Dr. Manning was surely among the oldest of IEEE members still actively involved in standards activities.


Matthews, John William

1949-2011

John was a proud graduate of Virginia Tech and was employed by BGE for 44 years as a transformer specialist. He was an avid fisherman, with his latest catch a citation-worthy 61 pound wahoo off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC.  He was an avid Ravens fan, and especially enjoyed spending time with his family.

John was a long-time employee with Baltimore Gas & Electric, a Transformers Committee Member and served as our Committee Chair from 1998-1999. John lost his long, courageous battle with cancer on June 7, 2011.  John and his wife Marian were regular attendees to the Committee meetings.

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McMillen, Chuck

2002

Chuck was an active leader in Distribution transformer groups within the committee and to the Industry.  He leaves behind many friends within our ranks


McNutt, William J

1927-2014

Bill was born in 1927, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He served in the Navy in World War II, and on his return earned a BSEE degree from Tufts College and an MSEE from Illinois Institute of Technology.  He joined General Electric Company's Large Power Transformer Department from 1952 until its closure in 1986.  After that, he continued his career as Berkshire Transformer Consultants and provided worldwide transformer  consulting services.

Bill was an active participant in IEEE and CIGRE.  He was recognized as an IEEE Fellow in 1976 for contributions to the design of power  ransformers and standardization of test procedures, and was awarded the Charles Proteus Steinmetz award for sustained contributions and  leadership in the development of standards for power transformers. 

He  was chair of the IEEE Transformers Committee from 1981 to 1982, and was recognized twice with the Transformers Committee's Distinguished  Individual Service Award.  The recognition of his key role to the  industry went beyond the Committee when he was elected to the National  Academy of Engineering for his contributions to the design and development of large power transformers.

Bill was committed to his family and was an active participant in his  church and local community.  In addition, he found time for recreation, enjoying square dancing, bridge, golf, and tennis.

Thoughts and remembrances from Bill’s colleagues:

Phil Hopkinson:He took time to mentor me as a young engineer, and later worked for me when I returned to Pittsfield, where he continued to mentor me!  Bill was the engineer's engineer and fully enjoyed his opportunities to attend IEEE and associate with each of us and those that went before.  I remember how he delighted in downplaying shell-form construction and how absolutely sure he was that core-form was the only way to build a transformer!"

Bob Degeneff: “What can I say - he was such a good person - such a loss. To me Bill was always the standard against which you graded your work.  In my experience, he was a technical giant but also a very caring person looking out for the best for his people.   There are very few like him.”

Ramsis Girgis: “The Transformer Industry lost one of its giants who, I believe, probably contributed more to this industry than anyone I know in our life time. He is one of the greats of our times. One day in July 1979, I interviewed with Bill, Bob Degeneff, and Joe McDonald in Pittsfield for a job there, a day after I interviewed with Harold Moore for a Job in Westinghouse Muncie and the rest is history.”

Jim McIver: "The summer that Ramsis was interviewing with Bill, I was just starting out on my career at GE.  Little did I know how much I would benefit from Bill's mentoring!  His advice & personal interest shaped both my career and my way of living.  It was truly a lifetime legacy that Bill gave me."

Tom Prevost: “Bill actually taught me how to design transformers in my early days at Weidmann.  He was one if not the most knowledgeable transformer engineers I have known. More important, he was always willing to share his knowledge.”

Don Fallon: “He was a teacher, mentor, and friend when I was a young engineer just starting to learn about how transformers worked – and we are all fortunate to have known Bill”.


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Norton, Edward T.

1924 - 2007

Edward was employed by Allis Chalmers in Milwaukee. Two years later, he graduated from their Graduate Training Course. His experience with Allis Chalmers encompassed manufacturing, design engineering and application engineering. In 1975, Ed accepted the position of Project Manager at Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) in Palo Alto, California. From 1975 to 1985 he was responsible for projects associated with power transformers and traveled nationally and internationally. In 1985, he resigned from EPRI to establish his own transformer consulting business, which he maintained until his illness in 1999. Professionally, he was a member of IEEE, IEEE Transformer Committee, CIGRE, and served as Expert Advisor to Transformer Committee 12 of CIGRE. He held patents on shunt reactors and new dielectric fluids.


Niemann, Carl

1939-2015

Carl was a veteran of the US Army, serving from 1960-1962.  He married Janet Gwartney in 1963 and they had two children, Kevin and Jamilon "Jami" and three grandchildren.  Carl worked as an electrical engineer for ComEd for 24 years before retiring in 2003.  Carl served as Chair of the Underground Transformers and Network Protectors SC from the Fall of 2000 to the Spring of 2014.  Carl's sense of humor will be deeply missed.

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Oommen, Thottathil Varughese (T. V.)

1934 - 2013

Dr. Oommen  (T.V.) retired from A.B.B. in Raleigh, NC as an Advanced Materials Engineer/Advisory Scientist in 2000, where he conducted experiments on improving the efficiency of electrical transformers. At ABB., T.V. earned several patents, including the use of sunflower oil in electrical transformers. Prior to moving to Raleigh, he worked at ABB. in Sharon, PA and for Westinghouse in Sharon, PA. T.V. started his professional career for Westinghouse in Muncie, Indiana in 1977. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1971 from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA), and received post-doctoral degrees at the University of Washington and Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, IL). Prior to getting his Ph.D., T.V. was a school teacher in Kerala, India and Ghana, Africa.

T.V. was an expert on transformer related items, particularly transformer insulation.  He was a Committee Member and a Life Member of IEEE, and was actively involved on the Insulating Fluids and Insulation Life Subcommittees.  He was long-time contributor to the industry and, as one person said, he lived a life dedicated to the quest for knowledge, both in his professional life as well as his journey in faith.  His scientific and technical papers will remain essential milestones of knowledge in our field.

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Orehek, Paul

1938 - 2005

 

Paul Orehek was the Chair of the Underground Transformers and Network Protectors SC from its creation in 1990 until 2000.  He worked for PSE&G until his retirement in about 2001 and for Richards Manufacturing until his death in December of 2005.


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Preininger, Gustav, Dr.

2013

Dr. Gustav Preininger received the Dipl. Ing. and Dr. techn. degree from the Technical University in Graz, Austria. In 1954 he joined ELlN-Union AG in Weiz, Austria. After years in the Design Department, High Voltage Laboratory and Computer Center he became Division Manager of the Transformer Division in 1969. In 1990 he was appointed managing director of the new ELIN TRANSFORMATOREN GmbH company. At the end of 1992, he retired from his position and worked as a consultant. He was a very active member of IEEE Transformers Committee and Distinguished Member of CIGRE. After he attended his last IEEE Transformer Committee Meeting in Fall 2004 Gustav continued his work at IEEE as a very active corresponding member.

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Puri, Jeewan Lal

1938 - 2014

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Jeewan Lal Puri of Matthews, NC passed away suddenly on Monday, November 17 at his home.  He was born in New Delhi, India in 1938 and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Punjab University.  He moved to the United States where he obtained his Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.  In 1967, Jeewan joined Westinghouse Electric and had numerous assignments in Large Power Transformers in Muncie, Indiana; High Voltage Bushings in Alamo, Tennessee; and Distribution Transformers in Athens, Georgia. He was awarded the “George Westinghouse Signature Award” for Engineering Excellence at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in1988.

Jeewan also held assignments with Cooper Industries in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and with Square D in Monroe, North Carolina.  While he was with Square D/Schneider Electric, Jeewan earned the “People Who Made a Difference Award” in 1997.

In 2001, Jeewan started his own Transformer Consulting firm, called Transformer Solutions that he managed until his passing.

Jeewan was a long time member of the IEEE Transformers Committee in which he rose quickly to chair of the Audible Sound & Vibrations Subcommittee and member of the Administrative Subcommittee.  He also actively participated as a member of the US Technical Advisory Group for IEC TC 14 (Power Transformers Section of the International Electro-Technical Commission).

He leaves behind his dear wife, Rani, who he married in 1969, his daughter, Radhica, and numerous friends and colleagues from around the world.

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Rodden, Jack

1990

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Simmons, Charles Edward

1964 - 2016

Chuck Simmons, 52, died on December 5, 2016. He was born in Caldwell County, NC. Chuck was an electrical engineer at Duke Energy Progress. He was a graduate of NC State where he received his Bachelor of Science degree. He later completed his MBA at Virginia Tech. One of Chuck's greatest joys in life was watching his son Mitch skate and play hockey. Chuck is survived by his loving wife, Donna Simmons and his son Mitch. 

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Smith, James Edward

1940 - 2014

James (Jim) Edward Smith, 73, died on April 2, 2014, at his Central, SC, home.  Jim served as the Instrument Transformer Chair  for 17 years, from 1993 to 2010.

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Vogel, Fred

1893 - 1988

Fred was born in 1893 in Bangor, ME, and earned a BS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1915.  He became an AIEE Fellow in 1949, and received the IEEE William Habirshaw Medal and Award in 1970 (now Herman Halperin Award) for meritorious achievement in the field of Electrical Transmission and Distribution.  Fred was a long standing member of the Committee, and a pioneer of modern transformer dielectric design and testing technology.  He has been credited with being the father of the impulse, switching surge, and partial discharge testing.  In addition, he was Chair of the Transformers Committee from 1951 to 1953; Chair of The Dielectric Tests Subcommittee; and Chair of the IEEE Sharon, PA Section.


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