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ISA Alaska Section Establishes Memorial Endowment
March 5, 2008

The International Society for Measurement & Control (ISA) Alaska Section made history by establishing the Tom Quimby Memorial Endowment with the largest ever single-source donation for the ISA Foundation’s student scholarship program.

The donation of $50,000 will be matched by a $50,000 contribution coming from a matching program approved by the ISA Executive Board. The endowment will be used to provide scholarships to students studying the arts and sciences related to the theory, design, manufacture, and use of instrumentation, systems, and automation. The ISA Foundation will continue to accept additional contributions to the endowment as we search to expand our workforce development efforts and put in place
programs to benefit future generations.

Tom Quimby came to Alaska in 1977, to work for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company (operator of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline). As a hard-working entrepreneur, he founded Arctic Technology Inc. in the early 1980’s. As a founder of the Alaska Section, Tom held the first organizational meeting in his home, and donated a great deal of time to the Society. Tom felt strongly about the value of education for adults as well as his 5 children and worked proactively with Kenai Community College in support of their Industrial Instrumentation degree program and promoted the scholarship program as part of that support.

The Alaska Section will kick off the endowment by awarding two $5,000 scholarships for the 2008/2009 academic year to students working toward technical careers. Tom Quimby’s wife, Marty, and other family members will accept the Alaska Section Certificate for the endowment at the Section’s 20 March meeting.

ISA Educational Foundation Scholarships are awarded to college or
university students who demonstrate outstanding potential for long-range contribution to the fields of automation and control. The scholarship awards support tuition and related expenses and research activities and initiatives.

For more information about how to contribute to a scholarship fund, call (919) 549-8411 or visit www.isa.org.


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