Obituary - Jeffrey Allan DesJarlais

Jeffrey Allan DesJarlais passed away unexpectedly on 10 July 2014 at the age of 52

By Zoë Smart

The IEC family was greatly saddened by the passing of DesJarlais whose expert knowledge contributed to IEC work through his active involvement with the organization for the past 9 years. He was in St Petersburg for an IEC Working Group meeting at the time of his death.

Jeffrey Allan DesJarlais 1962-2014
Jeffrey Allan DesJarlais 1962-2014

A keen interest in standardization

DesJarlais received his Associate in Science degree from the Michigan Technological University and later a BSEE from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He was hired by UL (Underwriter Laboratories) on 11 March 1985 and remained with the company for the next 29 years where his last position was ‘Principal Engineer – Industrial Control Equipment, Personnel Protective Controls & Robotics’.

His involvement with the IEC began in October 2005 when he joined the then IEC 17B/WG2 (now IEC SC 121A/WG2: Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear/contactors, starters and similar equipment). He was also a member of TC 109: Insulation co-ordination for low-voltage equipment.

DesJarlais will be fondly remembered by all those who had the privilege to know him. The IEC’s deepest sympathies go out to his family and colleagues.