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Obituaries, April Insights 2024

Obituaries, March 2024  

From Insights, April 2024 


R. Jerald Lavender 

95; Life Member ASHRAE; Egmondbille, Ontario, Canada; joined ASHRAE in 1959. 


Leonard A. Blottin 

83; Associate Member ASHRAE; El Cajon, Calif.; joined ASHRAE in 1984. 


James Reese, P.E. 

86; Life Member ASHRAE; Albany, Mo.; joined ASHRAE in 1970. 


Richard Pearson, P.E. 

86; Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE; Madison, Wis.; joined ASHRAE in 1965. He served as the President of the Dayton Ohio Chapter and in the following positions: 

  • Member, Environmental Health Committee   
  • Chairman, Energy Management Committee   
  • Member, Ad-Hoc Committee-Utilizing ASHRAE Standards as Codes   
  • Member, Finance Committee   
  • Member, Professional Development   
  • Member, Systems Energy Utilization   
  • Project Manager, Research Project SP-56   
  • Chairman, Environmental Health Committee 

He received the Regional Award of Merit in 1980, the Distinguished Service Award in 1988, and the Distinguished 50-Year Member Award in 2017. 


Donald P. Gatley, P.E., BSME 

92; Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE; Brookhaven, Ga.; joined ASHRAE in 1962. He served as the President of the Atlanta Chapter and in the following positions:  

  • Chairman, Energy Conservation (Management)   
  • Member Panel 5, 90-75 and 90-81 Standards Committee   
  • Consultant, TC 4.1 Load Calculation Manual   
  • Society Coordinator, Energy Initiative Program CCE and ACE   
  • Co-Chairman, Continuing Education (Ad Hoc)   
  • Chairman, Professional Development  

He received the Regional Award of Merit in 1978 and the Distinguished Service Award in 1983. 


Gerard Abrams, P.E. 

93; Life Member ASHRAE; Sarasota, Fla.; joined ASHRAE in 1998.