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Charles T. Zegers: obituary
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It is with great sadness that the IEC announces the passing of Charles T. Zegers, a leading US expert and figure in the US National Committee, who left this world on 20 January 2022.

Zegers was an international policy and standardization expert who had enormous enthusiasm for his professional work and colleagues. He served in numerous leadership roles, including as Secretary of the U.S National Committee (USNC) of the IEC, until his retirement in 2015. He was also a highly respected and eminent member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for 35 years.

He launched his career at the Industrial Relations Division and Electric Vehicle Council of Edison Electric Institute (EEI). He later became the manager of standards and international activities for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). From the outset of his career at ANSI in 1980, he served as the director of standards audit, accreditation, and review. From 1985 to 1989, he was as senior programme administrator, and held staff responsibility in various technical areas including nuclear, solar, welding, plastics, and heating. His expertise and successful leadership led to his subsequent role as a programme director, international policy and Secretary of the USNC/IEC, a role he assumed in 1990.

During the 90s, he was instrumental in managing USNC staff and serving as support for the USNC president and management committees. He was active in contributing to the development of international standards for electrical, electronic, and related technologies for several years.

Preparing the new generation

His dedication to fostering the next generation of standardization and electrotechnical leaders was one of his significant accomplishments during his career. As an example of his tireless drive, he successfully spearheaded ANSI/USNC participation in the USA Science and Engineering Festival and was a driving force in launching the IEC Young Professionals Programme on behalf of the United States.

“Charlie was relentless in his pursuit of answers and committed to ensuring that rules were followed. He was dedicated to serving in the best interest of our USNC members and advancing global standardization through U.S. participation in the IEC. He was generous with his time and always willing to debate issues, making the system stronger as a dedicated leader. It was an honour to work with him,” said ANSI colleague Joe Tretler, vice president, international policy.


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