Remembering Jerry Ray, 1997-98 ASSE President

JerryRayJerry Ray, ASSE’s 1997-98 president and a well-liked and highly respected leader of the OSH profession, passed away on Aug. 3, 2016. “ASSE’s board members and staff have many fond memories of working with Jerry, and offer their thoughts and prayers to the Ray family as well,” said ASSE President Tom Cecich, CSP, CIH, in announcing the sad news.

During his year as Society president, Ray focused his President’s Messages in Professional Safety on topics such as member involvement and information technology. His comments in his August 1997 message were prescient about the role technology now plays in daily life. “Information technology is the lifeblood of our future profession and business growth, both domestically and abroad,” he wrote. “No longer will time zones, working hours or busy phone lines restrict the way information is transmitted and received.” It was during Ray’s term, just 20 short years ago, that ASSE installed its first-ever dedicated Internet connection and e-mail system, and began accepting conference registrations via fax.

Other highlights of Ray’s term included the formation of the ANSI/ASSE Z490 (OSH training) and Z590 (professional competence and certification) accredited standards committees, both of which remain influential in the continued evolution of the OSH profession.

To access a selection of Ray’s President’s Messages, click here.