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Fred Kohloss

Introduction by Dave Palty – I first met Fred Kohloss in 1983 when he was jetting between his offices and national ASHRAE meetings.  One of those offices was right here in Tucson, AZ.  While much of Fred’s historical summary reflects his Hawaiian days rather than focusing on his Tucson branch office or his retirement here in the Old Pueblo, ASHRAE is tightly woven in Fred’s life journey and is a testament to the wonderful relationships that each of us can enjoy through our participation and volunteerism in ASHRAE.  Today Fred calls Tucson home and at 91, he remains very passionate about engineering and ASHRAE.

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Ned Morris

Ned started with Trane right after college and claims he’s never had a real job. In his 40 years, he has been called on to speak at National Trane Meetings, Pueblo Boot Camps and Satellite Broadcasts. He has hosted dozens of customers from around the world interested in the highly efficient EarthWise™ District Cooling System at the University of Arizona.

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Dick Palmer

Dick Palmer helped form our ASHRAE Chapter in 1958 with the Charter being issued in 1959, and was its' second president. Dick Palmer was an Army Captain stationed in New Guinea in 1945. Dick was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He volunteered for the Army in June of 1942, promoted and selected for Officers Training in September of 1942. Commissioned and married Mary-Lou (Jones) - the real power behind the throne - over the Christmas holidays of 1942, and have been married over 66 years.

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Jim Ash

Jim was born on Veterans Day (nee Armistice Day) 1935 in the Western Springs suburb of Chicago. After graduating at age 17 from the public school system he entered Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 1953. After graduating from Miami in 1957 with a Bachelor's of Science in Business and three minors: geology, mathematics, and naval science Jim was commissioned in the Marine Corps. Jim still regards this as one of the proudest moments in his life as you "don't receive a globe & anchor from Sears and Roebucks!"

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Ed Killmeier

Edward F. (Ike) Killmeier III passed away on May 24, 2004, after a second battle with cancer. Ed was 55 and born on July 17, 1948, in Niskayuna, New York, to Edward and Elsie Killmeier. Ed lived in Middleburg, New York, until the age of 12, when his family moved to Mystic Connecticut. He attended college in Iowa and North Carolina and enlisted in the US Air Force in May 1969, and served 11 years as a Photo Enterpreter. He married the former Mary Wanserski on May 31, 1980, and settled in Phoenix, where he graduated from the Universal Technical Institute. They have two children, Carly, 21, and Eddie, 19.

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John O'Hair

John O'Hair passed away on Friday, September 8, 2006 (1930-2006). John graduated from the University of Arizona with his Bachelor's of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1957 and at the time of his death was the longest registered mechanical engineer in Tucson (1962). Over the years he has been an active ASHRAE member, beginning at the chapter level in the early 1960s when the Tucson Chapter was formed.

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Julian Martin

Born in Brooklyn, N Y, in June of 1923, Julian Martin attended New York University College of Engineering and enlisted in ROTC, but those studies were interrupted by World War Two. His service ended with a shrapnel leg injury. Then Julian worked on former Vice President Henry Wallace's campaign to become U. S. President via the new Progressive Party. Soon after, Julian finished his training at the University of Alabama, earning a 1949 Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering emphasizing aeronautics.

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