IPC Mourns Loss of Industry Icon, Pioneer and Friend

It is with great sadness that IPC announces the passing of Dieter Bergman, IPC staff member for more than 40 years.

DieterBergmanDecorated with countless awards over his lifetime, Bergman’s name will forever be synonymous with IPC and he leaves a legacy of friendships, lasting memories, and what is affectionately treasured by IPC staff and close friends as “Dieter-isms” — such as a 45-minute answer to a 10-second question.

Bergman began his career in 1956 as a designer for Philco Ford in Philadelphia, Pa. He assumed the position of supervisor of the printed circuit design group in 1967, and joined the company’s advanced technology group where he specialized in printed circuit computer-aided design. In 1962, while at Philco Ford, he became the company’s official representative to IPC; and received the IPC President’s Award in 1968, the same year he assumed chairmanship of the IPC Design Committee.

Bergman was elected Chairman of the IPC Technical Activities Executive Committee in 1974, and later that year joined the IPC staff as Technical Director. In that role, he was responsible for the coordination of standards, specifications and guidelines development; round robin test programs; establishment of workshops and seminars; serving as a government and inter-society liaison; and initiating IPC activities in Europe and Asia.

In 1984, he became Director of Technology Transfer to help foster the interchange between design and manufacturing, and to continue to serve as a leader in the identification of future technologies and industry needs.

While Bergman had a special place in his heart for the design community, his contributions to the industry as a whole earned him the IPC Hall of Fame Award, IPC’s highest honor, in 1985.

Most recently, Bergman chaired the IPC Ambassador Council, a group of IPC Hall of Famers who provide advice and guidance to IPC, and encourage active participation in IPC activities by all of its members to enhance the electronics industry.

“The staff and I feel very fortunate to have known Dieter, and have benefited from his knowledge and his passion for the industry,” said IPC President and CEO John Mitchell. “He will be missed, but always remembered as an icon, pioneer and friend.”


One Comment

  1. Michael Jawitz
    Posted July 25, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Like many of us in the IPC Deters’s name was synonymous with the IPC. Although many of us saw him two or three times a year, we knew that we could call him anytime with a question, he was never at loss for an answer. I first met Deter when I was around 12 or 13. That is when I started attending the IPC with my father, Martin. See I had a very important job, even at that young age. I ran the slide projector during many of the group sessions. Having this important job allowed me to be influenced by what everyone was doing. I became addicted to electronics. Deter was always giving me advice as to what I should do and stressed education. As the years went by and I to became a designer and engineer and would become more involved with the specifications and different committees of the IPC. Deter was always there steering me in the “right” direction, no matter which way I wanted to go. Even as late as the last IPC convention while having breakfast we talked about the 40+ years that I have been attending the IPC and how much the industry has grown and changed. Now it was my turn to start training the less experienced engineers.
    It is with great sadness to hear of his passing. He was part of the beginning of a very exciting industry and an Icon that was always available, Farwell Deter, you will always be in my thoughts.

    Michael Jawitz

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