Thomas Julian Lockhart 51 years working in private sector meteorology. Af- 1925-2001 ter working in various capacities for Pacific Gas and Electric and Meteorological Research, Inc. in Califor- Thomas Julian "Tom" nia, in 1982 Lockhart founded the Meteorological Lockhart passed away at Standards Institute (MSI) and began a 17-year career his home on Fox Island, as a self-employed consulting meteorologist. He Washington, on 17 Janu- moved his home and MSI to Fox Island in 1983 and ary 2001. He was born in worked from there until his death. Los Angeles, California, Lockhart's chosen professional area of expertise on 13 July 1925 and was observational meteorology, specifically the high graduated from the Uni- quality measurements of the variables of wind, tem- versity of California, Los perature, precipitation, and humidity in the near-sur- Angeles, in 1949 with a fac e environment. The measurement of wind was B.A. in meteorology. His Lockhart's forte, and I know of no one more knowl- professional career began edgeable on this topic than he. As a consulting meteo- that same year, when he rologist , he wrote many technical papers and was employed by Irving P. Krick Associates in early guidelines and gave numerous presentations on the weather modification work. With the exception of a subject of the quality assurance of meteorological few years in the U.S. Navy, Lockhart spent the next measurements. He published several articles in the reviewed literature on this topic and served as an ad- visor and consultant to governments at the local, state, and federal levels and to many private firms. Many people consider Lockhart to have been the father of meteorological quality assurance in the environmen- tal field, as he was the primary author of the original Jl/Lemxmam "Volume IV" Environmental Protection Agency hand- book. In all matters technical, Lockhart had the too- rar e combination of a deep understanding of equipment and the measurement process, and inordi- nately good common sense. Many of his ideas were translated into procedures, products, and instrument ^Wcmc/a ^a/Je^ design elements that are used around the world. Lockhart was known worldwide for his dedication, 1925-2000 ethics, and ability to persuade others to move along the path of quality assurance and excellence in mea- surement. As part of his extensive professional life, he taught workshops coast-to-coast, organized standards committees in both the American Society for Testing and Materials and the International Standards Orga- 1923-2000 nization, and mentored many younger meteorologists, environmental scientists, and technicians. For almost five decades, through a combination of patience, per- sistence, and creative talent, he made positive changes Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 1205
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jun 1, 2001
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