A survivor of the Great Depression, Donald E. Husby began working when he was 12 years old, taking any job he came across. He was inspired to pursue engineering by his high school music teacher, Walter Klosum, who encouraged him to learn about both music and engineering. He received a Bachelor of Science from South Dakota State University in 1952 and spent 20 years advancing through multiple engineering positions at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Cleveland, Ohio. He then became the engineering manager and vice president of the engineering lighting division of Harvey Hubbell, Inc. in Christiansburg, Virginia from 1972 to 1976. After spending time as president of Elliptipar Inc. in West Haven, Connecticut, he briefly returned to Westinghouse as an engineering fellow and manager of the engineering section in Vicksburg, Mississippi from 1978 to 1982. He then served as engineering manager of new products development in the LTG products division of Cooper Industries from 1982 to 1984; and then utility sales manager of the central region of Cooper Lighting from 1985 to 1989. Mr. Husby completed his career as Chief Executive Officer of Husby & Husby, Inc. in Madison, Minnesota.
As a dedicated professional, Mr. Husby has also been active in his field as a technology expert for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and for the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He also served on the industrial advisory council of Underwriters Laboratories, and has contributed his expertise to various articles and professional journals. In addition, as a testament to his accomplishments in engineering, Mr. Husby received the Distinguished Service Award from the Illuminating Engineers Society in 1989.
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