Gerald E. Foreman (Jerry) one of the membrane industry’s pioneers, passed away on May 27, 2017.
Jerry started with Reverse Osmosis General Atomic (ROGA) in 1938, the same day he graduated from San Diego State University. As a part of the R&D team, Jerry was involved in helping perfect the spiral wound membrane concept to be more robust and fabrication friendly. In this role, he helped introduce stiffened tricot as a permeate carrier replacing early glass-bead technology. He was also involved in maximizing element water production that led to the introduction of the 8-inch diameter by 40-inch-long membrane element.
Later in his career, Jerry was involved in technical support including membrane performance and system troubleshooting. For those that knew him, Jerry was known for his incredible wit and sense of humor. In addition to General Atomic which later became Fluid Systems he worked for a brief time at Hydranautics.
Jerry participated in the AMTA Chats with Pioneers interviews and can be seen and heard in Chat #18 on the AMTA web page. These interviews are free for everyone to watch. We encourage everyone to view this historical interview and hear about his career in his own words.