IPC staff was recently informed of the death of a valued contributor to the IPC standards development process. Roger A. Jones, Ph.D., was not only a major contributor to the success of the IPC Flexible Circuits Base Materials Committee, but also a friend to many in the IPC community.Roger passed away on March 22, 2013, at the age of 70. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Linda Wagoner Jones. Roger, a materials engineer, obtained his undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. degrees from North Carolina State University. After working for the Boeing Company and Battelle Memorial Institute, he spent the majority of his career with Western Electric/AT&T before retiring in 1996.
Roger started his career in flexible printed circuits at the Western Electric plant, Greensboro, N.C., in January 1971 and then transferred to the Richmond, Va. facility in January 1974. The AT&T Richmond, Va. facility became a state-of-the-art “roll to roll” flexible circuit production site for the flexible circuits used on the Rem-Reed telecommunications switching system. This demonstrated the utility of FPC’s on a high-profile project that was carefully watched at very high levels within corporate AT&T.
Roger first attended an IPC meeting in September 1971 as a general member representing Western Electric, Greensboro, N.C. In April 1972, he was appointed as leader to develop IPC-FC-231, Flexible Base Dielectrics for use in Flexible Printed Wiring, which was originally published in 1974.
In April 1981, Roger became the chair of the IPC D-13 Flexible Circuits Base Materials Subcommittee and served as subcommittee chair until October 1987. During his tenure as subcommittee chair, the D-13 Flexible Circuits Base Materials Subcommittee developed four IPC standards: -FC-231, -FC-232, -FC-233, and -FC-241 as well as various revisions to these documents through 1986. He was awarded the IPC Presidents Award on April 20, 1988 in recognition of his service as committee chair and his outstanding contributions to IPC programs and the advancement of the technology for electronic interconnections and the electronics industry.
Roger was also an active participant in the International Technology Research Institute (ITRI) from 1994 to 2001 and was appointed as replacement project leader for the ITRI “Registration Reliability Project.” Roger was awarded an IPC Special Recognition Award on October 8, 1997, for outstanding contributions to the ITRI Registration Reliability Project and for his commitment to see this project through to completion and documentation.
Past members of the IPC D-13 Flexible Circuits Base Materials Subcommittee and IPC staff wish to acknowledge Roger’s considerable contributions to the development of flexible circuits technology and his years of service to IPC.