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Process Automation Hall of Famer Passes

June 24, 2009
Vernon Trevathan, known as the “father” of the Certified Automation Professional (CAP) progra, passes away.
Vernon Trevathan, ISA Fellow and a 2008 Process Automation Hall of Fame inductee, passed away on May 10 in St. Louis. Trevathan was a long-time contributer to the ISA’s certification, publication and education programs and is known as the “father” of the Certified Automation Professional (CAP) program.

Trevathan was the leader of the Monsanto engineering practice and trained literally hundreds of process control engineers, including several fellow members of the Process Automation Hall of Fame. After leaving Monsanto, he made significant contributions to the profession of control system integrator, and in semi-retirement, because he never really retired, he was the driving force behind the Automation Body of Knowledge and the Certified Automation Professional program at ISA.

He was a also contributor to Control, writing articles including “How to Make Your Project Fail,” “Making Automation Pay Enterprise-Wide” and “What’s So Special About Process Control Projects?” He also was the keynote speaker at the first of Control’s AutomationXchange events in 2004.