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WALTER A. ELMORE

1925–2010

Elected in 1998

“For advancing protective relaying technology and
providing education in its application.”

BY STAN HOROWITZ

WALT ELMORE was recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in protective relaying, an engineering discipline that is vital to the safe and economic performance of electric power systems. His technical achievements are legendary. Walt was affiliated with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, which was later absorbed into ABB Power T&D. He retired in 1996 and died on January 20, 2010, at the age of 84.

Born in Bartlett, Tennessee, on October 2, 1925, Walt was active in a wide variety of activities. He was a Life Boy Scout and a navigator in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Following the war, Walt went to the University of Tennessee and in 1949 earned a B.S. in electrical engineering. He began his technical career at Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division, in the substation design department. In 1951 he went to Westinghouse Electric Corporation, where he was an application and consulting engineer for the next 38 years.

Teaching was a large part of Walt’s activities. He participated in hundreds of customer schools in Newark and later in Coral Springs. Walt’s unique contribution was recognized by Westinghouse/ABB in the naming of a Coral Springs office building in his honor. A protective-relaying textbook, Applied



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