Jim MacGregor, a past chairman of the CSA A23.3 Design of concrete structures, passed away on Friday January 30, 2015 in Vancouver BC. Jim was a giant in the engineering profession, and was admired by all who were fortunate enough to know him.
In addition to establishing his own consulting firm, Jim was also a University Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta where he excelled as both a lecturer and researcher. Jim served as ACI president in 1992. Although highly regarded by his contemporaries, Jim always maintained a refreshing self-deprecating sense of humour and brought a dignified and diplomatic approach to his work. Jim MacGregor had that rare ability to render even the most challenging concepts understandable to both the experienced practitioner and students alike. He enriched the lives of all who were fortunate enough to know him and work with him.
In 1997 Jim was awarded the John Jenkins Award, the most prestigious honor awarded by CSA Group bestowed on an individual in recognition of distinguished service in the development, advancement, and application of voluntary standards. Previously, Jim was also a recipient of the CSA Award of Merit in 1991, for outstanding contributions and leadership in the development and advancement of voluntary standards
In addition to the innumerable technical articles, Jim also authored two text books. His numerous citations included the ACI Wason Medal for the Most Meritorious Paper (1972 and 1999), the ACI Raymond C. Reese Medal, and the ACI Structural Research Award (1972 and 1999). He played a major role in pioneering Limit States Design in Canada and was also one of the original authors of the Cement Association's Concrete Design Handbook.