RailPAC President, Alan Wimmergren, passed away in mid-December after losing
a long fight with his hemophilia and related illnesses. Alan had been away
from his job for two years, and was on the list for a liver transplant, but
was unable to receive one before he died.
- 17 December 2001
Alan had been President of the Rail Passenger Association of California since
1989. Under his leadership RailPAC has grown into a strong voice for
sensible rail advocacy in California. RailPAC's newsletter, the Western Rail
Passenger Review, has grown to a monthly publication, distributed throughout
the nation as well as within the state of California.
Alan worked for TRW Defense Products in El Segundo for a few years, then
transferred to their credit division (which now is called Experian). Alan
was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was a
native New Englander who closely followed the expansion of passenger service
there which became a reality just before he died. He served as a director of
NARP for many years, yet he was a devoted follower of the URPA school of
Amtrak reform. While he didn't live to see the end result of the reform
movement that is coming, he was a strong advocate and looked forward to a
better system of passenger trains in the country.
Alan is missed by all of RailPAC's staff and board members. Any tributes
which readers of this message may care to make can be sent.
They will appear in the next issue of the Review.
Russ Jackson, Editor, RailPAC, California