EGSA Remembers Jim Wright, our 1990 EGSA President and Active EGSA Member from 1973- 2012
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of James B. Wright on February 9, 2021.
Jim was a career engineer; first for Lima Electric and had retired as a senior product engineer for Marathon Electric.
He was a member of the Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA) from 1973-2012. Jim was a forefather of EGSA's education programs and the namesake for the Association's Education Award as well as an author of two chapters for the EGSA Reference Book.
Jim served the EGSA On-Site Power Generation Schools since its inception in 1983. Jim has also been a featured speaker at a number of national and regional conventions and technical conferences. He has written numerous technical articles for EGSA’s Powerline Magazine.
Jim served on the Technical & Standards Committee (1973-78) and chaired the Education Committee (1985-94). He also served as Secretary-Treasurer (1987), Second Vice President (1988), First Vice President (1989) and President (1990). He was awarded the Timmler Award in 1989, the Carpenter Award in 1992 and the Gordon Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 for a career dedicated to the betterment of the Association and the on-site power industry.
Jim was born on November 19, 1931, to the late Bailey and Alice (Pratt) Wright in Dayton, OH. He attended Central High School in Lima, OH, graduating in 1949. Wright received a BS in Nautical Science from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY. After serving with the Merchant Marines, he was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy and served from 1955 to 1964. Jim married Sue Ebling in 1965. She preceded him in death on January 28, 2000. He is survived by his daughter, Stacie (Ray) Huang; and granddaughter, Audrey Huang.
Elks Lodge Military Honors will be held in Jim’s honor at a later date. Private interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Lima, OH. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The American Cancer Society and The American Heart Association.
Jim's contributions to EGSA are numerous and have helped to mold the Association into the organization we know today. Here is an EGSA Time Capsule Article and video that were published in 2015 for EGSA's 50th Anniversary.