Passing of AEE Founder, Al Thumann

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Passing of AEE Founder, Al Thumann

Albert Thumann, born March 12, 1942 passed away December 10 after a courageous battle with Brain Cancer (GBM). He is survived by his wife Adriana Thumann, his son Brian Thumann, daughter-in-law Patty Thumann and his grandson Jake Thumann as well as his sister Shirley Honingman.  Al was born in New York and throughout his spirited life traveled the globe making friends wherever he went.  

Al founded The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), a nonprofit, professional membership society in 1977 and served as its Executive Director for 40 years.  Under his leadership, AEE grew from a concept to an industry leading association of over 18,000 professionals in more than 100 countries.  There were no corporate backers, no government grants, and no venture capitalists, just Al, his idea and his family. Al is a noted author with over 26 professional reference books in print. Al taught energy management classes to thousands of students and is widely known as the "father of energy efficiency."

Al's energy and spirit inspired people to follow the energy engineering career path.  He helped change the lives of individuals, the success of corporations and even the fate of emerging nations striving for energy efficiency and sustainable solutions. 

His service will be held at Dressler's Funeral Home on Thursday December 14 at 11:00 am.  The family request no flowers be sent, but rather donations be made to the National Brain Tumor Society Donation Form - National Brain Tumor Society or to the AEE Foundation in Honor of Al Thumann.

The Association of Energy Engineers® (AEE®), founded in 1977, is a nonprofit professional society of over 18,000 members in more than 100 countries. The mission of AEE is "to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for Sustainable Development." AEE offers a full array of informational outreach programs including seminars (live and online), conferences, journals, books, and certification programs.

Media Contact: Michelle Whitlock, Association of Energy Engineers, 404-693-4794,

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