Presidential Member Billy Manning Dies
HAYESVILLE, N.C.—Presidential Member Billy Manning, P.E., Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE, died Jan. 10. Manning, 79, lived in Hayesville, N.C., and joined ASHRAE in 1978.
He served as president of ASHRAE in 1994 – 95 when AHSRAE commemorated the Centennial anniversary of its founding. Manning chose a presidential theme, Building on the Shoulders of Giants, comparing the ASHRAE of 1995 with the ASHRAE of 1894, when the Society was first formed.
“In their world, technology was considered optional,” he said. “Electricity, the motor car and the Brooklyn Bridge were accepted as engineering marvels—marvels you could choose to live with or without. Not today. The engineering giants of the 19th century set humanity on a journey from which there would be no turning back.”
He encouraged members to follow the lead of those founding fathers: “Our mission as members is to turn innovative ideas into real products and systems that provide simple solutions to the problems that people encounter—problems in their everyday lives an problems they meet as they push into the new frontiers that technology presents.”
A video interview of Manning can be viewed at www.ashrae.org/leadershiprecall.
Manning was president during ASHRAE’s Centennial celebration in 1995. Highlights included numerous historical presentations, an ASHRAE museum and a reenactment of the Society’s first organizational meeting. The Centennial Meeting attracted a record 3,521 attendees.
Other achievements during Manning’s year include the launch of the International Journal of HVAC&R Research; approval of a new standard for energy in existing buildings; publication of a code language version of its residential energy standard; and approval of BACnet, building automation and control networks, standard.
In recent years, Manning served on the Nominating Committee and the Foundation Trustees.
He was elevated to the grade of Fellow in 1993 and received a Distinguished Service Award in 1992.