Loss of ISA Fellow – Jim Dykes (1926-2014)

JimDykesIt is with great sadness we must inform you of the passing of Jim Dykes.  Jim was a long-time member of the ISA and very active in both the ISA Toronto Section and with ISA Standards.

Many of you may have first met Jim in the 1960s when he was the  I&C Chief at Domtar, a major Canadian Pulp & Paper and building products manufacturer.  He was an innovator then and continued to contribute significantly to the Automation profession.  Amongst other recognitions, Jim was elevated to a Fellow of ISA in November 2013.

Jim wrote two books relevant to his work as team leader of the Mechanical and Piping clauses of the proposed ISA Standard ISA-5.7 P&ID Drawings.  The clauses were “Identification Mechanical and Process Equipment” and “Identification Process Piping and Fluids”.  During the ISA-5.7 committee dormant period, Jim prepared a full draft proposal for a recommended practice document.  He was energetic and unstoppable, right to the end.  Jim will be sorely missed.

Jim worked independently without fanfare.  He passed away at the end of July 2014 after a short illness.

This is a link to Jim’s obituary:    http://www.baygardens.ca/obituary/17874

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