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Lynn Bellenger, First Woman President of ASHRAE, Passes Away

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) mourns the passing of Lynn G. Bellenger, immediate past president of ASHRAE, who served as the first woman president in the Society's 116 year history. She passed away on October 19. Ms. Bellenger was a recognized expert in energy management, who championed the need for energy modeling to help create and refine more efficient buildings.

As ASHRAE president from 2010 to 2011, Ms. Bellenger focused on modeling a sustainable world and encouraged all involved in the built environment industry to come together to take advantage of "the rich opportunities for optimizing building performance through a collaborative approach."

In an interview last year, Ms. Bellenger spoke of her involvement in energy efficiency and the growing emphasis in recent years on the need to save energy.

"One of the cool things about the sustainability movement is that it has ignited a passion in people that is changing the world," she commented. "That passion has brought a sense of energy and excitement to the industry and attracted people who are committed to designing and operating sustainable buildings. I don't see that changing in the future."

An ASHRAE Fellow, Ms. Bellenger was a recipient of an ASHRAE Exceptional Service Award, a Distinguished Service Award, two first-place ASHRAE Technology Awards, and the Lincoln Bouillon Membership Award.

"We at ASHRAE are greatly saddened by the death of our former president and our friend," said Ron Jarnagin, ASHRAE president. "Her lifelong passion for engineering excellence resonated within our membership and our industry, inspiring us through her belief that engineers will lead an energy revolution with innovation. Through her service, she showed that there is a path available to all who wish to extend the influence of engineering principles to better serve the world we live in."

To honor the remarkable legacy that she leaves, ASHRAE is establishing the Lynn G. Bellenger Memorial Fund, which will be used to recognize women in engineering through scholarships or other means.

Contributions to this fund can be made online or via mail to:

Lynn G. Bellenger Memorial Fund
1791 Tullie Circle NE
Atlanta, GA 30329


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