November/December 2011

In Memory

J.R. (Bob) Middleton

J.R. (Bob) Middleton, ISA president in 1980, passed away on 25 August. For almost 88 years, he contributed his knowledge and innovation to the engineering community, his love and affection to his family, and his sense of humor to all he met.

Middleton received a BSEE (1949) and a MSEE (1957) degree from the University of Illinois. He was a Registered Engineer in Missouri, California, and Texas. His experience in instrument and computer application to the control of chemical processes spans three decades.

Middleton served the technical community not only as president of ISA in 1980, but also director of the Chemical and Petroleum Division and a member of the Executive Board, chairman of several committees, a fellow in the Society, and awarded the Life Achievement Award.

Ralph L. Moore

Ralph L. Moore passed away on 9 October after a 25-year-long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was an ISA Fellow and led the Publications Department for several years. He was a section past president and long time member of the Executive Committee with a focus on education. He authored several ISA books on pH control and training modules for process control. Moore was a World War II veteran and served in the Navy from 1943 to 1946. He received advanced degrees in engineering from the University of Delaware, Drexel University, and Case Western. He was a mechanical engineer at the DuPont Company for 45 years.

Wiley Montana

ISA Training will miss its friend and colleague, Wiley Montana, who passed away on 13 October. He began teaching for ISA in 1992 and showed a great passion and enthusiasm for all the courses he taught and developed. With his vast work experience, which touched many areas of instrumentation/controls and automation, Montana was able to relay true, real-world examples to his students in the classroom. He worked in Instrument Maintenance for over 21 years. He was a Charter and Senior member of Brazos Section ISA, and he served as section president and other offices.