Fred Jay Ayer III, former executive director of the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, passed away in late October. He was 72.
He started his career at a furniture factory but then was hired as a draftsman at Kleinschmidt & Dutting Engineering, where he was asked to develop a permitting and licensing group to assist clients in obtaining approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. This was the beginning of a long career in the hydroelectric power field.
Ayer went on to be director of environmental services and corporate communications for Bangor HydroElectric Co. and executive director of LIHI. He took on this position with LIHI in 2003 and retired after 10 years, in 2013.
When he retired, Richard Roos-Collins, president of the LIHI Governing Board, said: “LIHI has been very fortunate to have Fred. We would not be where we are today without his outstanding work. He managed LIHI into a new era with patience, persistence, good humor, practicality, very hard work and many other exceptional qualities.”
He also served on the board of directors of the National Hydropower Association and was president of the Penobscot River Restoration Trust board of directors.
Ayer received his degree in art-graphics from Olivet College.