Author(s): Jesse Roman. Published on October 31, 2014.

John L. Bryan and William McCammon

John L. Bryan, professor emeritus at the University of Maryland’s Department of Fire Protection Engineering, died on October 13 at age 87. Bryan, known as “Prof” by his students, performed in various fire service, academic, and professional consulting occupations for four decades. He served as chair and professor of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering from the establishment of the department in 1956 until his retirement from the University in 1993.

Since 1966, Bryan served on NFPA technical committees, including the Building Code/Life Safety Code Means of Egress and Life Safety Code correlating committees. A longstanding member of NFPA’s Board of Directors and Standards Council, Bryan was the first person to ever serve as chair of both groups.

In 1986, Bryan received NFPA’s Paul C. Lamb Award, established to honor members whose service to NFPA characterizes the height of volunteer spirit and deeds. In 2005, he received NFPA’s Standards Medal, the highest award given by the Standards Council, which recognizes outstanding contributions to fire safety in the development of codes and standards. He also received the “Fire Protection Man of the Year” honor from the Society of Fire Protection Engineers in 1977.

Bill McCammon, retired Alameda County, California, fire chief, died in his sleep on October 13 at the age of 61. At the time of his death, McCammon was treasurer of the NFPA Board of Directors and the executive director of the East Bay Regional Communications System Authority. He served for two years as president of the California Fire Chiefs Association and had previously served as vice chair of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association.

Jesse Roman is staff writer for NFPA Journal