December 2022 OES Beacon

Passing of James R. McFarlane

Robert Wernli and Harumi Sugimatsu, BEACON Editors 

Jim McFarlane, General Chair of OCEANS 2007 Vancouver

We recently received notification of the passing of James R. McFarlane on 1 November, in Port Moody, BC, Canada, at the age of 88. Jim, a Mechanical Engineer, was best known for his company International Submarine Engineering (ISE) that he founded in 1974. He has been recognized internationally for the large array of tethered and autonomous underwater vehicles developed by ISE. Jim received the OES Distinguished Technical Achievement Award in 1987 and was the General Chair of OCEANS ’07 Vancouver. We will provide an in-depth article on his achievements in the March issue of the Beacon. If you have any personal comments that you would like included in the article, please send to the Beacon editors prior to the 14 February 2023 deadline.