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President's Letter

Thank you for visiting the James O. Gray - Fieldbus Foundation Scholarship Fund Web Site. This endowed scholarship fund was established by the Fieldbus Foundation and its sponsors for many reasons.

First, to insure that young men and women who have an interest in our industry have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary for their success. Second, to insure that we keep our industry strong through the hands and minds of skilled and educated technicians and engineers. Third, to recognize the lifelong efforts of a true industry leader-Jim Gray.

Those of you who knew Jim would agree he was a special and talented individual. As an employee of Invensys/Foxboro, he served for many years as the company's Vice President of Marketing, Measurement & Instrumentation Division, and later as Director of Platform Marketing. Jim was closely involved in various aspects of the instrumentation and control industry, and was recognized for his expertise in automation systems. From the beginning, he was a vocal and hard-working supporter of Foundation technology.

Jim became involved with the Fieldbus Foundation upon its founding in 1995. He served as secretary of the Board of Directors and held posts on our Executive and Marketing Committees. From the very beginning, he saw the wide-ranging capabilities and benefits for suppliers and users of an open, digital control and communication network.

Jim knew that to compete in the global markets, our industry would need technology tools allowing people to work and compete smarter-not harder. He took a special interest in how we would train personnel to utilize evolving technologies such as ours, and was instrumental in seeking out qualified institutions to deliver the necessary training and education around the world.

Jim was a visionary, an evangelist and an educator. Because of his significant and lasting contributions to the fieldbus community, the Fieldbus Foundation was pleased to establish the James O. Gray - Fieldbus Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund. This fund provides scholarships for eligible young men and women seeking a career in industrial automation.

Our goal for the fund is $250,000. The annual interest from the fund will provide for multiple scholarships each year at participating institutions. You can help.

Please consider a gift to this worthwhile effort. Whether you elect to be a Founding Sponsor, Associate Sponsor or a Contributor, your gift will be an investment for this industry's future-and the legacy of an industry leader.

Please contact the foundation today for more information on how you can contribute to this fund.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely,

Richard J. Timoney
President and CEO
Fieldbus Foundation

 

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