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The Fire Protection Person of the Year Award
The Fire Protection Person of the Year Award was created in 1973 to recognize significant achievement in the protection of humanity and the environment from the ravages of unwanted fire and an outstanding contribution to fire protection from outside the membership of SFPE which is broad in scope and has apparent lasting effects. Specifically, the individual must have made an outstanding contribution to fire protection within recent years, the contribution must be broad in scope and of national importance, the contribution must have lasting effects, and the individual must come from beyond SFPE (cannot be a Fellow, Professional Member or Member).
John E. "Jack" Crowley
Graduating from the Fire Protection Engineering Program of Illinois Institute of Technology in 1966, John "Jack" Crowley apprenticed with the insurance rating bureau in Kentucky and with Underwriters Laboratories in Chicago prior to his 1973 appointment as Technical Services Director for Star Sprinkler Corporation in Philadelphia. There he developed simpler and significantly lower cost techniques for engineering that placed smaller sprinkler firms on an equal footing with their larger corporate competitors. An early adopter of microcomputers, he founded Crowley Design Group in 1978, an engineering service bureau and software development firm. Best known for his work on microcomputer programs for hydraulics, estimation, stocklisting and CAD, his contributions also included numerous educational seminars that helped give rise to a new generation of technically savvy.