CHICAGO -- The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) regrets to inform the plumbing industry that Donald F. Dickerson, PE, CPD, FASPE, one of the founders of ASPE, died on Saturday, March 24, at Tarzana Memorial Hospital. Don was the loving husband of Maria Dickerson and Marion Randall Dickerson, father to Christine, April, and Richard Dickerson, and grandfather to Eric Trafton and Heather Dickerson.
Don was instrumental in founding ASPE in 1964. He served as the Society’s first President during its beginnings in Los Angeles and later as its first National President. Don frequently spoke of ASPE as his fourth child. “Don loved the Society, and all he wanted was for ASPE to succeed and become a major force within the plumbing industry,” says current ASPE President William F. Hughes Jr., CPD, LEED AP, FASPE.
Don was also very involved with the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO). He served as the chair of the ANSI A40 Safety Requirements for Plumbing Committee (the original American National Standard), accredited by the American National Standards Institute, and was a voting member on the IAPMO Uniform Plumbing Code Technical Committee for more than four decades. IAPMO CEO and World Plumbing Council Chair GP Russ Chaney says, “Don created a lasting legacy to which all of us can aspire. Individuals like Don only come around once in a century. His vision and dedication to our industry have never been replicated, and his desire to see ASPE as a leading organization in our industry is now being fulfilled. I will miss Don’s perspective and his unstinting desire to ensure that our industry is the very best it can be.”
Don served as a California State Building Commissioner for the State of California Plumbing Code. He founded Donald F. Dickerson Associates in 1961, and his company is now celebrating its 50th year of existence.
“Don and his expertise, critique, and wit will be missed by his family, the Society, and the plumbing industry at large,” says Hughes.
The memorial service will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at the Hillside Chapel in Rose Hills Memorial Park (3888 Workman Hills Road, Whittier, California, 562/699-0921).
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in memoriam of Donald Dickerson to:
Wounded Warriors Battalion West
P.O Box 555912
Camp Pendleton, California 92055