Dieter Bergman, a champion of technical standards passed away on July 23rd. He was 82 and is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
Consortium members have expressed great sadness over the loss. "A true pioneer in the industry" and "one of the great ones" members have described him. As "the heart and soul of the IPC Designers Council, "Dieter Bergman contributed greatly to the birth and development of IPC-2581 with his passion for the standards. He really knew PCB design inside and out, and the information could be instantly retrieved right from his memory. When a question was asked, you did not receive only the response from Dieter, but also how and why the answer came about. "A ten second question would receive a 10 minute response, "members have said this to be one of many "Dieterisms." The answer usually included the what, why, and who asked for a particular item in the specification being discussed. His memory was remarkable, his mind sharp till the very end.