Long-Time Members Offer Inspiration

ASSE recently heard about two long-time members, Jack Bacastow and Sam Cahan, who have left their mark on the profession and on those around them. Their commitment and lasting influence are more evidence that safety isn’t just a career, it is a calling. We hope you find a bit of inspiration in these two brief stories.

Jack Bacastow Recognized for Lifetime Achievement

From left: New Mexico Chapter President Carol Walker, 42-year ASSE member Jack Bacastow and ASSE Senior Vice President Rixio Medina, CSP, CPP.

From left: New Mexico Chapter President Carol Walker, 42-year ASSE member Jack Bacastow and ASSE Senior Vice President Rixio Medina, CSP, CPP.

Jack Bacastow, an ASSE member since 1974, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Mexico Chapter during its 41st Professional Development Conference in November 2016. Bacastow is an emeritus professional member of the chapter and continues to participate in many of its activities. “[Jack is] an active participant in our technical meetings, professional development conferences, science fairs and holiday dinners,” says Chapter President Carol Walker, M.S., CSP. “Jack travels from Santa Fe to Albuquerque on a regular basis to help when needed. He is a true inspiration to our membership.”

Sam Cahan: 100 Year & Going Strong

Sam Cahan, an emeritus professional member of the San Diego Chapter, celebrated his 100th birthday in 2016. Now retired and living in Saratoga Springs, NY, Sam remains in close contact with the chapter.

“I maintain my membership for many reasons, but among them is the fact that safety on the job and returning workers home safe each day is essential,” Cahan writes in a brief article he penned for ASSE. “Not only do I support ASSE in its endeavors to assist in this important goal, I feel compelled to stay engaged.”

In his article, Cahan points to four issues he believes have had the greatest impact on the profession: passage of the OSH Act, emergence of digital communications, drug abuse in the workplace and peer interaction within the profession. It is an understatement to say that much has happened to our field of practice during my time; our association remains the preeminent group for safety professionals to meet, practice together and plan for the future.

Be sure to check out the San Diego Chapter’s video wishing him a happy birthday on the group’s Facebook page. Sam promises to provide an update when his 101st birthday rolls around later this year.