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Obituaries, March 2020

Obituaries, March 2020

From eSociety, March 2020

H. Michael Newman
77, Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE, Ithaca, N.Y.; joined ASHRAE in 1983.

He was the author of two books: BACnet—The Global Standard for Building Automation and Control Networks and Direct Digital Control of Building Systems—Theory and Practice. He wrote and presented several papers for ASHRAE and other industry conferences and authored 18 magazine articles for publications, mostly for ASHRAE Journal.

He served as:

  • Member, ASHRAE's Role in Globalization of Standards and member of ASHRAE's Role in the Globalization of Standards Ad Hoc Committee

  • Member, Appeals Board for Standards

  • Member, Standards Committee, Terminology Wiki Ad Hoc Committee

  • Standards chair and vice chair, Technology Council

  • Member, Certification Ad Hoc Committee

  • Member, International Standards Advisory Subcommittee (ISAS)

  • Chair and member, Intersociety Liaison Subcommittee/ISAS

  • Chair, SSPC 135

  • Member, PAS R&T Committee

  • Speaker, PDS IV

  • Chair, vice chair and member, Standards Committee

  • Author, Revision of Chapter 31, ASHRAE Systems Handbook

  • Developer, PDS II

  • Secretary, vice chairman, corresponding member TC 1.4

  • Member, SSPC TEST_OSD2

  • Member, SSPC Test_OSD3

  • Chair, C-SRS

  • Member, C-PPIS

  • Chair, Vice Chair, Member, ISO/TC 205

  • SPLS liaison for SPC 111-1988R, SPC 124-1991R, SPC 145, SPC 150-2000R, SPC 160-2009, SPC 170P, SPC 195(X), GPC 6R(X), GPC 17(D)

  • Member, Planning Subcommittee

  • Standard liaison, TC 4.1-TC 4.7, TC 4.10, TRG4.SBGM

  • R&T Section Head, TC 1.1-TC 1.5, TC 1.7_P (1989-2003), TC 1.8_P (1989-2003), TC 1.9

  • Member, TC 7.3, TC 7.8

He also was:

  • Consultant for National Institute of Standards and Technology, assisting in the design and installation of BACnet projects in California and Washington, D.C.

  • Panel member, International Energy Agency, serving on an advisory board for microcomputer controls

  • Consultant, Architect of the Capitol, advising on EMCS development and installation

  • Manager of Cornell University's Building Automation and Control Systems Integration group within Facilities Operations


He won the Distinguished Service Award, the Exceptional Service Award and the Fellow Award.

Ross M. Degerstedt, P.E.
61; Member ASHRAE; Vancouver, Wash.; joined ASHRAE in 1987.

Mukesh K. Khattar, Ph.D.
68; Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE; Palo Alto, Calif.; joined ASHRAE in 1984. 

He served as:

  • Member of TC 10.7 and TC 10.7’s Research Subcommittee chair 

  • Member of TC 9.9.

He was awarded the Fellow Award in 2009.


Zahra Naghibi
32; Student Member ASHRAE; Windsor, Ontario, Canada; joined ASHRAE in 2017.


Robin A. Blank 
68; Associate Member ASHRAE; Miami, Fla.; joined ASHRAE in 2010.


Vinod K. Kotru
65; Member ASHRAE; Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; joined ASHRAE in 2018

Frederick H. Kohloss, P.E.
97; Presidential/Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE; Tucson, Ariz.; joined ASHRAE in 1949. He served as ASHRAE president in 1986–87 with the theme “Develop our Human Resources.” A Leadership Recall video interview with Mr. Kohloss can be found on the ASHRAE website here.

He also served as:

  • Hawaii Chapter President, President Elect and Delegate

  • Member of Special Publications Committee

  • Chair of Nominating Committee

  • Member of Standards Development Implementation Presidential Ad Hoc Committee  

  • Honorary Member of Foundation Trustees

  • Member of Publishing and Education Council

  • Member of CLIMA 2000 ASHRAE Advisory Committee

  • Member of Handbook Committee

  • Handbook Liaison for Numerous TCs

  • RAC Research Liaison for TC 5.1-5.11

  • Member of TC 1.7, TC 2.7, TC 4.3, TC 4.10, TG1.GLE.

  • Standards Project Liaison Subcommittee for SSPC 62.1 (Gdl 42), SSPC 62.2 (Gdl 24), GPC 24, SPC 170P, GPC 19 (W), SPC 79, SPC 87.1, GPC 1, SPC 68, SPC 87.2P, SPC 87.3P, SPC 120,  SPC 129, SPC 162P(D), SSPC 126(W)

He received the Distinguished Service Award, 50-Year Member Award and the Louise & Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award in 1998. In 1999, he received the Distinguished 50-Year Member Award and Exceptional Service Award.

Richard A. Bluestone
75; Associate Member ASHRAE; Wooster, Ohio; joined ASHRAE in 2011.

James L. Kuehl
82; Member ASHRAE; Las Vegas, Nev.; joined ASHRAE in 1965.

Gianfranco Zeggio
90; Member ASHRAE; Belluno, Italy; joined ASHRAE in 1984.

Christopher L. Mayfield
42; Associate Member ASHRAE; Nashville, Tenn.; joined ASHRAE in 2009.

Saburo Takama
78; Life Member ASHRAE; Tokyo, Japan; joined ASHRAE in 1976.