For Immediate Release Contact: Joanna Climer, 847-768-3404,
ASSE Foundation Announces New Thomas & Dorothy Reilly Professional Development Grant
Des Plaines, IL (January 4, 2007) — The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Foundation recently announced the availability of a new professional development grant in honor and memory of Thomas & Dorothy Reilly. The Thomas & Dorothy Reilly Professional Development Grant was established with a $10,000 bequest from their estate. This grant will provide financial assistance to ASSE members who wish to advance their education through recognized safety certification courses, professional development seminars, educational conferences or college coursework. Reilly’s surviving children Janet Meyer of Cary, Kathleen Hurley of Ingleside, Thomas of Minneapolis, Nancy Bittenbender of Marengo, Michael of Lakewood CO, and wife Julie of the late Dennis Reilly of Tampa, FL, and their children Jake of Parachute, CO and Timothy of Fox Lake, hope to endow the grant with additional contributions from family, friends and colleagues.

Chicago native Thomas Reilly, who passed away last May, was a dedicated professional member of ASSE since 1957, and served as ASSE president from 1984-1985. He also served as president of the Reilly Associates Safety Consultants, Ltd. upon retiring from Schirmer Engineering Corporation, where he served as the director of safety and health. In addition, Reilly served in the army from 1945-1946. Throughout his career he was dedicated to protecting people, property and the environment; and contributed to several ideas including the red, white and blue paint on mail trucks; the stop sign arm on school buses; the conical cement barrier on highways and freeways; the safety warning on equipment and products for Consumer Product Safety Commission; and safety standards for American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Anyone wishing to contribute to this fund should send their donation earmarked “Reilly” to Mary Goranson, ASSE Foundation Manager, 1800 East Oakton Street, Des Plaines, IL 60018.

The American Society of Safety Engineers Foundation, established by and in partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers, generates funding and provides resources for scholarship, applied research, academic accreditation, and related academic initiatives in order to advance the safety, health, and environmental profession. For more information on the Foundation and its programs visit

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information check ASSE’s website at
American Society of Safety Engineers • 1800 East Oakton Street • Des Plaines, Illinois • 60018-2187
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