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42 SMT007 MAGAZINE I MAY 2021 Feature Article by David Bergman IPC BANNOCKBURN, Ill., USA, July 23, 2014— It is with great sadness that IPC announces the passing of Dieter Bergman, IPC staff member for more than 40 years. Decorated with countless awards over his lifetime, Bergman's name will forever be synonymous with IPC and he leaves a legacy of iendships, lasting memories, and what is affectionately treasured by IPC staff and close iends as "Dieter-isms"—such as a 45-min- ute answer to a 10-second question. And with this announcement my father, IPC's prolific contributor, developer, learner, educator, and publisher for over 61 years, was gone. Gone, but certainly not forgotten. e impact of Dieter's labors still forms the foun- dation of many pillars IPC provides as support to the industry. As Dieter's son, and an IPC staff member recruited by Dieter, I have been asked to reflect on his impact on IPC, and on the industry. I touched base with just a few of his innumerable industry friends to aid in this reflection. It may seem strange to you that I refer to him as Dieter, but I was comfortable this way—Dieter in public, Dad in private. Dieter and Design Design was continuously part of Dieter's core. He began his career in 1956 as a designer for Philco Ford in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He assumed the position of supervisor of the printed circuit design group in 1967 and joined the company's advanced technology group where he specialized in printed circuit com- puter-aided design. In 1962, while at Philco Ford, he became the company's official representative to the IPC. Dieter tag-teamed with his friend and co-worker Gerald Ginsberg on the develop- ment of a prolific run of technical publications including a multilayer design standard and the massive binder known as the IPC-D-330 IPC Design Guide. For his standards contributions, Dieter received the IPC President's Award in 1968, the same year he assumed chairmanship of the IPC Design Committee. A Tribute to Dieter Bergman

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