Thursday 9 February 2012

Hugh Wilson - RIP

Hugh Wilson, President ISA 1978/79, presents the charter to the late Fred Gilroy, 1st ISA Ireland Section President. Picture shows left to right: Eddie O'Connell, Tom Nulty, Bob Shine, President Wilson, President Gilroy, Eddie Kenny, Dan O'Sullivan and the late Maurice Radford.

The 1978 ISA President Hugh Wilson passed away late last year. He was 85. A memorial service was held in early January.

Hugh Wilson was an icon of Moore Products Co. He started  in Chicago as a young sales engineer and quickly moved to branch manager. He raised his hand and said he would take over DuPont, which was a stagnant account for Moore for many years. Hugh eliminated all sales credit for himself and started visiting DuPont sites teaching control theory courses at the sites.

He started British operations, then Canada, South Africa, Asia Pacific, and other areas of the world. He finally retired as vice president, International Sales/Operations.

Wilson held many important roles in ISA, none more important than that as ISA President. In all the years he was active in ISA, he never lost sight of the fact that he worked for Moore Products, and so many of his successes in setting up international  operations was a result of his networking at ISA. This included the very successful Ireland Section which despite the size of the country has maintained a supply of ISA leaders up to and including the executive board. He it was who presented the Ireland Section with its charter during his presidency and he is still fondly remembered in the section.

May he rest in peace!

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