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Baltimore Section Historical Notes

Originally Prepared: January 30, 2004

Chris Nemarich

Updated September 26, 2012 - IEEE History Center

The American Institute of Electrical Engineers (AIEE) was founded on May 13, 1884 in New York and quickly gained recognition as a representative for American electrical engineers. The Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE) was formed from two largely local organizations, the 'Society of Wireless and Telegraph Engineers' and the 'Wireless Institute'.

The Baltimore Section of the AIEE was founded on December 16, 1904. In the 1950’s, the Baltimore Section was part of Region 3 in the AIEE.

The structural development and general activities of the IRE were similar to those of the AIEE. Many of the original members of the IRE were members of the AIEE and both organizations continued to have members in common until they merged.

In 1961, the leadership of both the IRE and the AIEE resolved to seek an end to these difficulties through consolidation. The next year a merger plan was formulated and approved and became effective on 1 January 1963. The Baltimore Section IEEE was formed in January 1963. It had 2 Subsections, Annapolis and Eastern Shore. The Section was part of Region 2. The Eastern Shore Subsection became a Section in 1972. The Eastern Shore Section was disbanded in 1999 and was folded back into the Baltimore Section.

In 2004,the Baltimore section IEEE celebrated it's centennial anniversary as an organizational body in the region. Then, it claimed more than 4,600 members in Baltimore City and the counties of Anne, Arundel, Carroll, Hartford, Howard, Calvert (the northern portion), Kent, Queen Anne's, Caroline, Dorchester, Wicomico, Somerset, and Worcester. Also, 796 different companies, universities, government and other organizations employed Baltimore Section members.

Currently, Baltimore is part of Region 2, in the IEEE organizational structure. Additionally, the Baltimore Section has an area specific website that includes information about meeting times, officers, and newsletter. The website also features links to various Baltimore Chapters and Affinity groups. In 2012, the Section claimed links to seventeen active Technical Chapters. For more information, visit: http://ewh.ieee.org/r2/baltimore/.

Milestones

The IEEE History Committee commemorated a milestone '2011-02' for the B&O Railroad electrification on 21 June 2012 (R2 – Baltimore Section) .

Baltimore Section Chairs

IRE Section Chairs

  • C.A. Ellert, 1939-40
  • F. Hamburger, Jr.,1940-41
  • V.D. Hauck, Jr., 1941-42
  • G.J. Gross, 1942-44
  • W.L. Webb, 1944-45
  • R.N. Harmon, 1945-46
  • H.L. Spencer, 1946-47
  • F.W. Fischer, 1947-48
  • G.P. Houstion, 1948-49
  • E.W. Chapin, 1949-50
  • J.W. Hammond 1950-51
  • J.V. Lebacqz, 1951-52
  • D.G. Little, 1952
  • C.E. Mcclellan, 1952-53
  • G.R. White, 1953-54
  • C.D. Pierson, Jr., 1954-55
  • C.F. Miller, 19955-56
  • M.I. Jacob, 1956-57
  • M.R. Briggs, 1957-58
  • J.T. Wilner, 1961-62
  • S. Taborsky, 1962-63

IEEE Section Chairs

  • S. Taborsky, 1962-63
  • Carroll M. Barrack, 1965-66
  • Keats A. Pullen, 1966-67
  • James G. Holman, 1967-68
  • Lewis G. Larsen, 1968-69
  • Alfred R. Bolz, 1969-70
  • Albert J. Mccubbin, 1970-71
  • Richard J. Allen, 1971-72
  • Joseph K. Ruth, 1972-73
  • William C. Farrell, 1973-74
  • John L. Markwalter, 1974-75
  • John C. Handy, 1975-76
  • Melvin Hotz, 1976-77
  • Bruce Masland, 1977-78
  • F. Edward Baker, 1978-79
  • Joseph M. Pollitt, 1981-82 & 1985-86
  • Joseph E. Hunter, Jr., 1982-83
  • K. H. Sebra, 1983-85
  • Peter D. Hrycak, 1986-87
  • W.C. VonNordeck, 1987-88
  • Gilbert Garduno, 1988-89
  • Joseph C. Goldbeck, 1989-90
  • Wayland Neil Hall, 1990-91
  • Gordon H. Gaertner, 1991-93
  • Frank J. Velesz, Jr., 1993-94
  • Christopher P. Nemarich, 1994-95
  • Kate B. Carus, 1996
  • Paul J. Frey, 1997
  • John Dentler, 1998
  • William B. Dixon, 1999
  • Ralph W. Bruce, 2000
  • Carole C. Carey, 2001
  • Virgilio P. Arafiles, 2002
  • Jeffrey A. Friedhoffer, 2003-4
  • ? 2005/6
  • ? 2007/8
  • ? 2008/9
  • ? 2010/11
  • Walter Willing (dec) -> David Price, 2012

Annapolis Subsection Chairs

  • F.G. Logan, 1962-63
  • Wendell C. Phillips, Jr., 1963-64
  • Chancy F. Whitney, 1965-66
  • Irving Lindow, 1966-67
  • Kurt Hollander, 1967-68
  • Albert A. Smith, 1968-69
  • Lyman W. griswold, 1969-70
  • John L. Markwalter, 1970-71
  • M.S. Hastings, 1971-72
  • Charles M. Weant, 1972-73
  • M. Bowers, 1974-75
  • F. Edward Baker, 1975-76
  • Jake H. Halfad, 1976-77
  • Ted Lesster, 1977-78
  • Gilbert Garduno, 1979-80
  • William R. Mcwhirter, Jr., 1980-81
  • Tian S. Lim, 1981-82
  • Henry K. Whitesel, 1983-84
  • David B. Boswll, 1984-85
  • Christopher P. Nemarich 1985-86 & 1990-91
  • Norm Idelson, 1986-87
  • Les Sonnenmark, 1987-88
  • Chester R. Petry 1989-90
  • Ralph W. Bruce, 1991-92
  • John Dentler, 1992-94
  • John M. Young, 1994-95
  • Thomas A. Tullia, 1996
  • David C. Boyd, 1997-2004

Membership History

Year


Total Membership
1939
Baltimore Section

80
1940


82
1944


258
1945


80
1946


312
1947


345
1948


400
1949


417
1957
Baltimore Section (1)

1198
1958


1222
1959


1367
1960


1567
1961


1846
1962


1955
1963
Baltimore Section (2)
2121
2646

Annapolis Subsection
460


Eastern Shore Subsection
65

1964
Baltimore Section
1998
2558

Annapolis Subsection
496


Eastern Shore Subsection
64

1965
Baltimore Section
1948
2522

Annapolis Subsection
509


Eastern Shore Subsection
65

1966
Baltimore Section
1962
2569

Annapolis Subsection
547


Eastern Shore Subsection
60

1967 Baltimore Section 1966 2383

Annapolis Subsection 549

Eastern Shore Subsection 68
1968 Baltimore Section 1680 2284

Annapolis Subsection 545

Eastern Shore Subsection 59
1969 Baltimore Section 1668 2314

Annapolis Subsection 582

Eastern Shore Subsection 64
1970 Baltimore Section 1698 2392

Annapolis Subsection 625

Eastern Shore Subsection 69
1971 Baltimore Section 1696 2414

Annapolis Subsection 647

Eastern Shore Subsection 71
1972 Baltimore Section 1702 2356

Annapolis Subsection 654
1973 Baltimore Section 1719 2405

Annapolis Subsection 686
1974 Baltimore Section 1751 2468

Annapolis Subsection 717
1975 Baltimore Section 1811 2610

Annapolis Subsection 799
1976 Baltimore Section 1768 2564

Annapolis Subsection 796
1977 Baltimore Section 1764 2579

Annapolis Subsection
815

1978
Baltimore Section
1799 2646

Annapolis Subsection 847
1979 Baltimore Section 1890 2775

Annapolis Subsection 885
1980 Baltimore Section 2006 2929

Annapolis Subsection 923
1981 Baltimore Section 2055 3018

Annapolis Subsection 963
1982 Baltimore Section 2217 3209

Annapolis Subsection 992
1983 Baltimore Section 2346 3335

Annapolis Subsection 989
1984 Baltimore Section 2416 3523

Annapolis Subsection 1062
1985 Baltimore Section 2597 3677

Annapolis Subsection 1080
1986 Baltimore Section 3936 2789

Annapolis Subsection 1147
1987 Baltimore Section 4186 2966

Annapolis Subsection 1220
1988 Baltimore Section 4314 3108

Annapolis Subsection 1206
1989 Baltimore Section 4396 3167

Annapolis Subsection 1229
1990 Baltimore Section 4431 3208

Annapolis Subsection 1223
1991 Baltimore Section 4403 3199

Annapolis Subsection 1204
1992 Baltimore Section 4329 3147

Annapolis Subsection 1182
1993 Baltimore Section 4289 3147

Annapolis Subsection 1142
1994 Baltimore Section 4229 3107

Annapolis Subsection 1122
1995 Baltimore Section 4199 3086

Annapolis Subsection 1113
1996 Baltimore Section 4088 3001

Annapolis Subsection 1087
1997 Baltimore Section 4070 2953

Annapolis Subsection 1117
1998 Baltimore Section 4196 3048

Annapolis Subsection 1148
1999 Baltimore Section 4436 3124

Annapolis Subsection 1312
2000 Baltimore Section 4564 3216

Annapolis Subsection 1348
2001 Baltimore Section N/A N/A

Annapolis Subsection N/A
2002 Baltimore Section 4653 3329

Annapolis Subsection 1324
2003 Baltimore Section 4405 3152

Annapolis Subsection 1253

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