Obituary – Judy Anderson

Passing away of fibre optics pioneer

By Philippa Martin-King

Fibre optics pioneer Judith M. Anderson passed away unexpectedly on 26 December 2010, following a fire in her residence in Washington, DC (District of Columbia), US (United States).

Fibre optic cables Judy Anderson was a hardworking and dedicated member of the IEC fibre optics family

Judy Anderson was Staff Director at TIA (Telecommunications Industry Association). Accredited by ANSI (American National Standards Institute), TIA develops voluntary industry standards for a wide variety of telecommunications products in the US.

A hardworking and dedicated member of the IEC fibre optics family, Anderson was Assistant Secretary of IEC TC (Technical Committee) 86: Fibre optics, and Assistant Secretary of IEC SC (Subcommittee) 86C: Fibre optic systems and active devices. She was a valued colleague and a great source of information for all members of the TC and SC.

Anderson also served as Secretary of IEC TC 46: Cables, wires, waveguides, R.F. connectors, R.F. and microwave passive components and accessories, and IEC TC 48: Electromechanical components and mechanical structures for electronic equipment.

Before joining TIA, Anderson was first an employee of EIA (Electronic Industries Association), the trade association responsible for defining electronic standards in the US.

Later, it became known as the Electronic Industries Alliance and is today under the auspices of other national organizations. Working at TIA, Anderson also facilitated participation in national mirror groups for IEC TC 86, TC 76: Optical radiation safety and laser equipment, TC 46 and ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC (Subcommittee) 25: Interconnection of information technology equipment.

TIA nominated Anderson for a seat on the USNC (United States National Committee) Technical Management Committee, and in 2002 she was one of seven distinguished recipients of the ANSI Meritorious Service Award.

She leaves many friends and colleagues in the world of standardization and is survived by two sisters. She will be sorely missed.

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Fibre optic cables Judy Anderson was a hardworking and dedicated member of the IEC fibre optics family