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RE: Straw Poll for Millenium Medal


I can personally atest that Geoff and Howard did many hours of work well
before they were Executive Committee members.  They have made numerous
technical contributions and wrote text for documents.  Geoff was working
hard on 802.3 when I started attending in 1985 and his involvement has been
continous all these years.  In addition to 802.3 work he has been involved
in building wiring standardization.  That these people have become leaders
does not mean that they haven't done real work (and they are still doing
real work).

Don of course has participated mainly in a leadership role.  Most of his
career has been dedicated to leading standards work from IEEE 488 to IEEE
802.3 and IEEE 802.  He also was instrumental in helping those standards be
recognized as international and working with JTC-1 to get one document to
stand as the IEEE and ISO/IEC standards for 802.  It was all a great deal of
work, a lot of travel and more than a little stress.

I am less aware of Jim's non-Exec years as he worked in 802.5.  He has
certainly been a conscientious chair of .5 and 802 and watched out for 802's
needs in other forums.

I'm not sure where the number of 4 nominees came from.  My impression is
that it was self imposed.  Perhaps we should allow for more.  In any case,
the cover letter does not indicate any limitation on who can make
nominations.  It is addressed to Working Group Chairs as well as to others
so presumably at least Working Group chairs can make recommendations and
perhaps anyone can.


-----Original Message-----
From: Rigsbee, Everett O []
Sent: Wednesday, August 18, 1999 12:49 PM
To:; Paul Nikolich
Subject: RE: Straw Poll for Millenium Medal

Doesn't anyone else think that this seems just a BIT self-congratulatory ???
The SEC ONLY nominates SEC members !!!  What about some of the folks who
actually did some of the work ???  I, for one, am embarrassed at such a
display of self-aggrandizement.  
Thanx,  Buzz
Dr. Everett O. (Buzz) Rigsbee
Boeing SSG
PO Box 3707, M/S: 7M-FM
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From:  Paul Nikolich []
Sent:  Wednesday, August 18, 1999 11:38 AM
Subject:  Straw Poll for Millenium Medal
Dear SEC voting members:  
The four Millenium Medal candidates from IEEE 802 shall be: 
Jim Carlo, Howard Frazier, Don Loughry and Geoff Thompson. 
WIll the four nominees please fill out the applications (below in bold) and
send them to Jim Carlo and myself for submission to the Millenium Medal
Millennium Medal    IEEE-SA Criteria 
Context: At the beginning of the third millennium give recognition to 3000
individuals for their professional achievements worthy of recognition for
significant impact leading up to and including the new millennium. 
Millennium medals are to be awarded to those individuals for their
outstanding contributions to the profession and to society in general. The
medals are to be awarded by Societies, Sections, and major boards of which
the IEEE-SA is one such entity. Each major board will recognize outstanding
individuals based on outstanding contributions to that board and its major
programs and activities. A recipient must be a member of the IEEE but does
not have to be a member of the IEEE-SASB or the IEEE-SA BoG. We should
identify and recognize individuals whose contributions helped to bring in
and support the new millennium. 
Two categories of nominees will be considered: 
1) Nominees recognized for their development of standard(s) having a major
impact on industry. This could be for a single standard or a family of
2) Nominees recognized for their contributions to the development or
establishment of management infrastructure having significant impact on
industry now or in the next millennium. This could be for a new major
infrastructure or for major improvements and evolution of an existing
		The following information is required to evaluate nominees
for a Millennium Medal: 
		1) Name of candidate. A group of individuals might also be
		2) Category for consideration (i.e., standards development
or management infrastructure) 
		3) Identification of the standard or management
infrastructure for which the individual should be recognized. 
		4) The role the individual played in generating the standard
or infrastructure for which a medal is to be awarded. This should be a
brief, clear, and succinct statement no longer than a single paragraph in
		5) A brief statement identifying the nature of the impact
expected to flow from the individual's efforts. This should be a clear and
succinct statement no longer than a single paragraph in length. 
		This material should be sent to Dennis Bodson, Chairman
IEEE-SA ArCom, via email at <>  no
later than September 1, 1999.