Obituary - Wayne Paul Klug

Colleagues and friends mourn the passing of IEC expert

It is with great sadness and regret that the IEC learnt of the passing of Wayne P. Klug on 25 January 2017, at the age of 56, after a long-lasting fight with cancer. He leaves behind his wife Nancy and three daughters.

Wayne P. Klug and his wife
Wayne Klug and his wife NAncy

From 1978 to 1982, Wayne attended the University of Michigan where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He started working at Whirlpool Corporation in 1984, and would continue working there as Principal Engineer, dishwasher technology, for the remainder of his life. 

Significant contribution to IEC work

Klug, who had been an expert in IEC Subcommittee (SC) 59A: Electric dishwashers, for many years, will be deeply missed by his colleagues, not only for his expertise and dedication, but also for his friendship and the way he cared for others. Their own words best describe how they will remember him: 

“His positive outlook on life was most admirable and, despite his illness, he was always dedicated to his work for our Subcommittee in order to bring forward and develop our Standards. He always had encouraging words for everyone and was highly appreciated by those who ever had the opportunity to meet him. 

“When Wayne joined our IEC working groups, he significantly contributed to establishing a list containing all the changes in our Standards that was meant to help us remember why certain decisions were made. This was only one of his many projects that underlined his admirable precision concerning his work.” 

Klug was the Convenor of IEC SC 59A/Maintenance Team (MT) 2: Dishwasher tests, and a member of several working groups in IEC SC 59A and IEC SC 59C: Heating appliances. 

IEC 1906 Award

Klug received the IEC 1906 Award in 2016. With the Award, the IEC honours the commitment and work of individuals in its community who, through their leadership and technical expertise, have contributed to making products and electrical systems safer, more energy efficient, more reliable and more compatible. 

Klug also earned the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) Distinguished Service Award in 2013. 

The IEC extends its deepest sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues around the world.