In Memoriam: William Conway

William Conway

The members and staff of the Diablo Canyon Independent Safety Committee were saddened by the loss of their friend and colleague, former Committee Member William F. Conway on October 26, 2011. Our sincere sympathies go out to his wife Marie and to his sons Paul, Chris and Matt and daughters-in-law Sue, Jacqui and Ester.

Bill Conway served as the California Energy Commission’s appointee to the Committee from February of 2005 through June 2009. His technical knowledge, industry experience, honesty and integrity made him an invaluable resource among his colleagues.

Bill joined the Arizona Public Service Company in May 1989 as executive vice president-nuclear, having overall responsibility for the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, the largest commercial nuclear generating facility in the United States.

From 1988 to 1989 Bill was senior vice president of nuclear operations at Florida Power & Light Company where he was responsible for their four nuclear units. Prior to this, he served as the group vice president for industry and government relations at the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) in Atlanta where he was responsible for the Institute’s interaction with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy and had responsibility for personnel performing periodic evaluations of U.S. nuclear power plants. During the previous 18 years Bill was employed by the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Corporation where he held several positions including plant manager, vice president and president and chief executive officer. Bill was a member of the original plant staff at Vermont Yankee.

Bill Conway was a member of the American Nuclear Society and served on the board of directors of the Nuclear Utilities Management and Resources Council and its Issues Management Committee and chaired the Nuclear Energy Institute Severe Accident Management Committee. Bill served on the Research Advisory Committee of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and was chairman of the Institute’s Nuclear Power Division Advisory Committee.

He was the organizer and former chairman of the ABB Combustion Engineering Owners Group Executive Committee and served on its Advanced Light Water Reactor Executive Advisory Committee. He was also a member of the INPO board of directors and served on its Advisory Council. Additionally, Bill served as a member of the Accrediting Board of the National Academy for Nuclear Training.

William Conway was a member of the board of directors of First Energy Corporation and chairman of its nuclear committee as well as a member of its audit committee. He was a retired trustee of Northeast Utilities Company where he served as a member of its nuclear committee. He served as a nuclear safety committee member at several nuclear power plants. He testified on nuclear issues on both national and state levels and delivered presentations at American Nuclear Society meetings and INPO Chief Executive Officer conferences. Mr. Conway was also a participant in discussions leading to the formation of the World Association of Nuclear Operations (WANO) and was one of the U.S. representatives at the United Nations World Conference on Chernobyl held in Vienna, Austria following the Chernobyl accident in 1986.

This publication, the Twenty-first Annual Report of the Diablo Canyon Independent Safety Committee, is respectfully dedicated to William F. Conway in appreciation of his many valuable services to the Committee and to the people of the State of California.


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