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IEEE Fellow - James A. Moran, Jr. 1927-2008

April 13, 2008 - Passing of Jim Moran

James A. Moran, Jr. joined Nokia Cables in 1985, and retired in 1996 as President of Nokia Cables USA Inc. where he was responsible for marketing, customer service and administration of High Voltage Solid Dielectric Transmission Cable System Projects. Over his 49 year career, after attaining his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College and New York University, he was involved in virtually all aspects of high voltage cable engineering, manufacture and application.

Starting in 1947, he spent 25 years with Phelps Dodge Cable and Wire Co, (now BICC Cables) where his responsibilities included management of the application engineering department for high and extra-high voltage cable systems as well as customer and contractor training and supervision of field installations. He was responsible for designing, equipping and commissioning of the EHV Test Facility (now the EPRI Cable Test Facility), and for design production and testing of Phelps Dodge's 550 kV Pipe Type and 138 kV Solid Dielectric prototype submittals to the Waltz Mill demonstration testing programs.

From late 1973 to 1985 he was Manager of Underground Cable Systems Engineering at Power Technologies, Inc. (PTI), where among other diverse tutorial, consulting and research activities, he was project consultant to Cincinnati Gas & Electric Co. during planning, specifying and execution of their 138 kV Solid Dielectric system in the late 70's and early 80's, which, at 9 circuit miles, was until recently the largest rated above 69 kV in the United States. (The Nokia-furnished 115 kV system, installed in 1992 at Baltimore Gas & Electric Co., is now the largest at nearly 10 circuit miles.)

Mr. Moran was a Life Fellow of IEEE, former Chairman of Insulated Conductors Committee, Subcommittee 12, Tests and Measurements, a member of CIGRE, and author/co-author of numerous technical papers and articles, including co-authorship of the section on High Voltage Cable Engineering in the recent issues of the Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers. He was a reviewer and major contributor to the EPRI Underground Transmission System Reference Book.

Mr. Moran passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2008.  His obituary is posted here.

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