IEEE EMC society members are rightfully proud of the many accomplishments of their fellow members. Still, it sometimes takes a moment of sobering reflection to remember the contributions of others who have lent so much to members’ accomplishments. Spouses, children, friends, and colleagues, very accomplished persons in their own right, have made invaluable, if incalculable contributions, to the success of so many over the decades with their support, enthusiasm, and cheerful participation.Recent days have brought sad news about two profound losses amongst that unsung group. Lois Heirman, wife of Don Heirman, Life Fellow of the IEEE, past president of the EMC Society, and winner of the IEC’s Lord Kelvin Award, passed away on January 15, 2009 after a valiant battle with throat cancer. A Mass of Christian Burial took place at St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church in Lincroft, NJ on January 19.On January 4, 2009 Joyce Ann Klouda, wife of Ray Klouda and daughter-in-law of Jim Klouda of Elite Electronics and well known members of the Society’s Chicago Chapter, passed suddenly at the age of 48. The mother of three, Joyce received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois, Champaigne-Urbana and her law degree from DePaul Law School, Chicago. A Mass of Christian Burial took place at St. Margaret Mary Church in Naperville, IL on January 8.Colleagues who wish to send their condolences to Don Heirman can do so via the funeral homewebsiteor can make a contribution to the Arthritis Foundation of New Jersey. Forward messages to the Klouda family via the funeral homewebsite, or drop some non-perishables off at the local food bank as Joyce’s high school classmates did in recognition of her long-standing service to others.
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