Bill Swan

In Memoriam: William O. Swan, III

It was with profound sadness that we learned that devoted BACneteer Bill Swan passed away on June 4, 2011, after a brief but devastating illness.

Bill's involvement with BACnet dated back to 1995 when his boss at Alerton held up a copy of the standard, handed it to Bill and said: "This is now our bible and you're now the expert. Learn it." And learn it he did, to become one of the most knowledgeable BACneteers of all time. Later he joined the BACnet committee, served as Secretary and, from 2004-2008, as Chairman. During his committee work, which continued to the present, he authored nearly 100 change proposals on dozens of topics, all aimed at technically improving the standard.

After Alerton was bought by Honeywell, Bill's role broadened to that of their "Building Standards Initiatives Leader" and he found himself in Europe on a regular basis, so often in fact that he took on the job of Vice-President of the BACnet Interest Group - Europe. He also served as an expert in ISO/TC 205, Building Environment Design, and worked extensively on "Smart Grid" projects. In recent years, Bill started and maintained the widely-read "BAC Cave" blog and became known to many around the world as "BACnet Bill," a truly fitting title.

Bill's love of BACnet was only transcended by his love of his family and, of course, all things Scottish.

Although our friend "Swannie" will long be remembered for his competence and professionalism, we will always think of him as a good and decent man, a kind and gentle person, whose loss will be mourned by all of us who had the great privilege of knowing him.

Mike Newman
Steve Bushby
Dave Robin