The Late, Great Energy Pioneer, Richard ‘Dick’ McCormack
- Dec 6, 2021 2:57 pm GMT
Richard A. “Dick” McCormack, a commanding figure in the energy industry for five decades, died last month aged 90.
When I first met Dick, I felt, “That is an executive; that is a leader.” It was a feeling I had no occasion to change after nearly 50 years of friendship and shared adventures.
We met, as I recall, at a press event in 1973 at the Georgetown Club in Washington. Dick was a young vice president at Combustion Engineering, then a major presence in steam technology and the burgeoning nuclear industry. The others were Westinghouse, General Electric, and Babcock & Wilcox.
It was a bustling, vibrant time for the nuclear industry. Dick, a Stevens Institute of Technology engineering graduate who had served as a Navy officer, was in the business of selling power plants.
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