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FERC’s McIntyre Dies

Was praised for rejection to coal bailout plan, energy storage Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Kevin McIntyre died on Wednesday, according to a report from E&E News. He was 57 years old. McIntyre withdrew as FERC’s chairman in October, as health reasons had caused him to miss two monthly meetings. As FERC chairman, he led the commission […]

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Thomas “Ricky” Wright, Jr.

Lifelong employee of Electric Motor Shop in Wake Forest passes away This week, EA’s thoughts are with Electric Motor Shop, of Wake Forest, N.C., as it mourns the passing of one of its keystone members: Thomas Richard “Ricky” Wright, Jr., who passed away November 4. A native of Wake Forest, Ricky graduated from Wake Forest […]

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Elsie Dickson Barks, 1923-2018

Remembering our publisher & co-founder Elsie Dickson Barks, Publisher Emeritus of Electrical Apparatus magazine and co-founder of Barks Publications, Inc., died at her home in Chicago on December 7, 2018, at the age of 95. Mrs. Barks was born November 26, 1923, in Masterton, Ohio, the daughter of Dr. Harry Ellis Dickson and Faye Pryor Dickson. She attended […]

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Obituary: Bill Swiger

Swiger Coil founder and industry fixture passes away William E. Swiger, Sr., founder of Swiger Coil Systems, Inc., passed away this week at the age of 92. Mr. Swiger, known as Bill, was the formative mind behind Swiger Coil, the Cleveland-based coil manufacturer now owned by Wabtec. Swiger—the company—has enriched the pages of Electrical Apparatus, […]

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Kopp Shop

Buffalo native, 77, brought us the surge protector When it comes to successful inventions, a recorded lineage of hits and misses exists in consumer electronics. Practicality is the name of the game; and safety can often be the genesis of that requirement. Harold P. Kopp, who passed away last month at age 77, put a […]

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Tim Breen Remembered

Sudden passing of Motion Industries president Birmingham, Alabama-based Motion Industries was hit with devastating news this week. On Monday, the company announced the sudden passing of Tim Breen (pictured below, right), its current President and CEO. “Motion Industries has lost a great leader and the world has lost an amazing human being,” said Motion Industries […]

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No Stranger to Drives

Stern drive innovator with storied career and legacy dies at 96 Charles Daniel Strang, Jr., “Father of the Stern Drive”, died Thursday, March 15 in Chicago at age 96. Born April 12, 1921 in Brooklyn, Mr. Strang was a pioneer of one of the most important marine devices in history: the stern drive. It was […]

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A Legend Dies

Emerson’s Knight was known for ferocity and remarkable streak of earnings An executive legend of the electric motor industry passed away September 12. Charles Knight, known to many who worked with him as “Chuck”, was known for his ferocity in management and a remarkable streak of earnings for Emerson Electric. When he was named CEO […]

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In Memoriam

Remembering two professionals from our industry August “Augie” Sunnen, 96, of Chatham, Ontario, died April 25 at Meadow Park Nursing Home in Chatham. Mr. Sunnen was the proud owner of Sunnen Products Ltd., of St. Louis, also operating the Canadian division, Guspro Inc., which was established in 1932 and distributed and manufactured Sunnen honing products for over 50 […]

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Lincoln Legacies

Welding company loses two all-time greats Omer W. Blodgett, 99, a pioneer in the welding industry and celebrated longtime employee of Lincoln Electric, died on Jan. 11 in Cleveland. Blodgett, who spent 60 years at Lincoln, was considered by many a great authority on the design of welded connections. He retired from the company as a […]

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