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Former ANSI Chairman and International Standards Advocate John Rankine Dies at 77

New York, Jun 16, 2005

Friends, members, staff and colleagues of the American National Standards Institute mourn the loss of L. John Rankine, a former chairman of the ANSI Board of Directors. Rankine died in a Connecticut hospital on June 9, 2005. He was 77.

Mr. Rankine was a member of the ANSI Board for many years, beginning in 1973, and served as chair of several Board committees including the Finance Committee and the Executive Committee. Rankine chaired ANSI’s International Standards Council from 1971-1979, and in 1980 was awarded the Institute’s most distinguished recognition, the Astin-Polk International Standards Medal for distinguished service in promoting trade and understanding among nations.

Rankine served as international chairman of the International Organization for Standardization's (ISO) technical committee on information processing systems prior to serving as the founding chair of the Joint Techical Committee on Information Technology Standardization (JTC1) of the ISO and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), an office he held from 1987 to 1991.

Rankine, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), was presented the 1997 IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award, an honor given annually to an individual for major contributions to the development of standards in the field of electrical and electronics engineering.

Mr. Rankine held the positions of director of standards and data security at IBM, as well as vice president of Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and general manager of the loss prevention department. He had nearly 50 years of international business executive experience in the fields of information technology, power systems, pulp and paper and textiles. In addition to his extensive involvement in information technology standardization, he was a leader in the promulgation of policies on key issues such as liberalization of telecommunications, protection of personal privacy, preservation of freedom of international information flows, data security and encryption.

Rankine was also a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, Institute of Electrical Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New Academy of Sciences and the Engineering Council of the United Kingdom as a Chartered Engineer.

Mr. Rankine was predeceased by his wife Elaine in 1997, and is survived by his three children Joan, Jennifer and Colin, their spouses Doug Harrison, Wayne Wehmhoff, and Dawn Rankine and five grandchildren Alex, Emily, Heather, Elaine and Robert.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Thursday, June 30th, at 11:00 a.m. at Green’s Farms Congregational Church, 71 Hillandale Road, Westport, Connecticut 06880. A reception for friends will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorial donations be made to the Norwalk Hospital Foundation, Norwalk Hospital, 34 Maple Street, Norwalk, CT 06856 or to the Friends of Glasgow University Inc., P.O. Box 87, Ardsley-on-Hudson, NY 10503.

The family invites Mr. Rankine's friends and colleagues from around the world to send letters about John to preserve, in his memory, his many lifelong achievements. Please click here for more information.

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