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Dick Palmer

Recognize this gentleman?

Yes, it is Dick Palmer, who 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.


Following his tour in New Guinea, Dick received orders to move his unit to be among the first occupying forces in Japan. In 1946 he joined his father-in-law, John Paul Jones (Engineers) designing projects in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburg, New Orleans, and around the state of Ohio.


In 1954, Dick and Mary-Lou moved to Tucson again to work with John Paul (who had moved to Tucson and retired - all of two months). Some of the many HVAC projects he designed included 6 high schools for TUSD, middle and elementary schools, some 20 major projects at the University of Arizona, including McKale Center, the Medical School, and UMC Hospital, Tucson's original Community Center, Tucson Medical Center's major additions in the 70's as well as Kino Hospital. In 1970, upon John Paul's death, Dick continued the office operations until his retirement in 2004 - over 55 years! His son, Jim, now operates the office.

Dick has been a volunteer to many organizations. Some of his activities included over 30 years on the City and County reviewing committees reviewing the Plumbing code, Mechanical code, Building code, and the City of Tucson Fire code. He served 12 years on the State Board of Technical Registration with two years as the chair, elected as Vice President of NCEE (as a VP he was responsible for all the states from New Mexico west to Guam and north to Canada). Dick is a member of Rotary International and has been a member of the Catalina Rotary Club for over 50 years (serving as club President and District Governor for Southern Arizona). Dick was the church school Superintendent at St. Philips in the Hills from 1961 to 1976, he also served on the Church Vestry. Dick's retirement activity includes volunteering at the Desert Museum and writing his family history.


In addition to Jim, Dick and Mary-Lou are parents of four daughters as well as being Grandparents and Great Grandparents. Stewart Richard Palmer, who we know as Dick, is not only an outstanding representation of our "Greatest Generation", but is a true gentleman, nonpareil.

Enjoy your retirement, Dick, as you have certainly earned it!

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