As we enter our 51st annual meeting of the Health Physics Society, it remains appropriate to continue to celebrate the accomplishments and years of service by the "founding" members and early contributors of the Society. Without the dedication, sacrifice, and guidance of these individuals, the Society and the American Board of Health Physics would not be what it is today.
Since the founding of the William A. McAdams award for outstanding service to the Board and professional contribution to the practice of health physics, seventeen Certified Health Physicists have been added to the roster of awardees. Today, I am very pleased to add to that list, the eighteenth recipient, William C. Reinig.
Bill Reinig served in the Navy during World War II. He received his bachelor of mechanical engineering degree from the Polytechnic University in New York in 1945. After the war he joined General Electric, and began his career as a reactor health physicist in 1946 at the Hanford Works under the supervision of none other than William McAdams. In 1948, he was employed by Associated Universities and became the leader of the radiation protection program at the nation's first peace-time research reactor at Brookhaven National Laboratory during its startup and initial operations.
In 1951, he was employed by the DuPont Company at the Savannah River Site to lead the preoperational environmental survey of the site. There he held various technical and management positions, including the superintendent of the Health Physics Department for 10 years. When Westinghouse became the operator of the Savannah River Site in 1988, he was appointed Deputy General Manager of the Environment, Safety and Health Department and a consulting scientist before his retirement in 1993.
Bill's activities for both the national and local Health Physics communities were numerous. He served on the Nominating and Code of Ethics Committees as well as the Council on Rules and Procedures. In 1964 and 1965, he was the Secretary of the Health Physics Society and in 1969-1971, he was a director of the Society. In 1979 and 1980, he was President-Elect and President. He is a charter member and a Fellow of the Health Physics Society. Bill also remained active on the local health physics scene, he was the Program Chairman of the 1968 Mid-Year Symposium and a Founder and President of the Savannah River Chapter of the Health Physics Society.
As one of the early contributors to the ABHP, Bill served on the first Examination Panel for the American Board of Health Physics from 1961 to 1967, serving as its chair in '62, '63, '64 and '66. He became a member of the ABHP Board of Directors in 1967, its Secretary-Treasurer from 1968 to 1974, and Chairman of the ABHP in 1975 and 1976. He also served as a director of the American Academy of Health Physics in 1986 and 1987.
Bill is a co-founder and serves as a director of Citizens for Nuclear Technology Awareness, the nation's largest non-profit, grass roots organization that supports the beneficial applications of nuclear energy. He served on the advisory committee for the Georgia Institute of Technology nuclear engineering and health physics programs.
He was elected to the National Council on Radiation Protection. During his six years on the Council, he chaired the scientific committee on tritium measurements. He is currently a consociate member of the NCRP.
Bill is the editor of the book, Environmental Surveillance in the Vicinity of Nuclear Facilities, and author of over forty technical papers.
Shawn Googins, Vice Chair ABHP