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TANNER Donald Tanner. The National Board announces with deep sadness the October 25 passing of retired Executive Director Donald Tanner. He was 71. Mr. Tanner was elected executive director of The National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors by the membership on March 13, 2001. He was the seventh executive director to head the internationally recognized safety organization since its formation in 1919. A native of Erin, Tennessee, Mr. Tanner's 54-year career included 22 years of service in the Navy, 14 years as a state inspector, 11 years as chief inspector, 5 years as National Board Chairman of the Board, and 7 1/2 years as executive director. Mr. Tanner joined the US Navy at the age of 17. He retired in 1976 having achieved the rank of chief boiler technician. That same year, he accepted a position as field inspector with the state of Tennessee. In 1990, he was named chief boiler inspector and became a member of the National Board. The Tennessee state official served as member-at-large on the National Board Board of Trustees from 1993 until his election as chairman in May of 1996. Reelected chairman in 1999, Mr. Tanner resigned from the Board of Trustees in January of 2001 before assuming the organization's top administrative position. During his term as Executive Director, the Tennessee native affected a number of noteworthy changes at the National Board, including: metrification and expansion of the internationally renowned National Board Inspection Code, spearheading passage of South Carolina's first boiler safety law, and launching construction of the recently dedicated Inspection Training Center in Columbus. "Mr. Tanner's tenure as executive Director was a defining era for the National Board," explains Acting National Board Executive Director Dick Allison. "He will be forever remembered for his countless contributions to an organization he loved. But perhaps more important, he will remain in our hearts as a generous and compassionate leader who established an enduring foundation of trust and professionalism, both for National Board membership and staff. We shall miss his resolve, his vision, and values." Mr. Tanner was active as a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He was also a member of the Canadian Standards Association, and an associate member of the American Boiler Manufacturers Association. Mr. Tanner is survived by his wife, Geraldine; three grown children; four grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter; two sisters and a brother. Funeral arrangements are being handled by TURNER FUNERAL HOME in Chattanooga, Tennessee. About The National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors The not-for-profit National Board is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. It was created in 1919 to promote greater safety to life and property through uniformity in the construction, installation, repair, maintenance, and inspection of pressure equipment. National Board members are the chief boiler and pressure vessel inspectors for their respective jurisdictions. They represent U.S. and Canadian government agencies empowered to assure adherence to code construction and repair of boilers and pressure vessels. Sign the online guestbook at www.dispatch.com/obituaries
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