Remembering JPA Principal, Reese Williamson

JPA mourns the loss of our long-time colleague, Reese Williamson, who passed away on January 28th. A former Principal and head of the firm’s Electrical Engineering Department, Reese joined the firm as an Electrical Designer in 1958.  As the company grew, so did Reese, being named as an Electrical Principal in 1972, where he was responsible for virtually every electrical engineering project the firm undertook. Known for his hands-on management style, Reese was viewed by many of the firm’s younger engineers as a mentor who challenged you and under whose leadership you learned. In the early-mid 1970’s and along with the firm’s other Principals at the time – (pictured left to right, 1997), Carl Hossfeld, Nils Lindfors, Reese, and Mike Lippy – he was credited with paving the way for the firm’s entry into the federal market (US Naval Academy, GSA, US Navy, among others), following a downturn in the K-12 market, a mainstay of the firm’s portfolio until that time.  Reese excelled at conducting “business development” for the firm, before it was even called that – an avid boater, he enjoyed taking clients out to explore Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. He is also credited with establishing the firm’s Annual Company Crab Feast in the late 1970’s, a tradition which continues to this day. Reese retired from JPA in 1998.