The International Centre for Diffraction Data

Volume 7 Issue 5

Jesse Wilbur "Jerry" Caum

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It is with great sadness that we report the death of one of our dear ICDD friends and colleagues, Jesse Wilbur "Jerry" Caum. Jerry passed away on July 4th at the age of 91.

In 1945, Jerry joined the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), where he spent the majority of his career. Best known in the scientific community for his work in metallurgical engineering, he was an active member of several teams and societies dedicated to the formation of quality assurance programs as well as national and international standards coordination within this industry.

Jerry’s contributions to the ICDD spanned nearly 36 years. He served the organization in various capacities, including Secretary of the (then) JCPDS from 1949 to 1963; Director from 1972 to 1974 and 1976 to 1979; Vice Chairman from 1974 to 1975; Chairman from 1975 to 1976; and General Manager from 1979 to1983. He was honored for his service and numerous contributions by being named as a Distinguished Fellow in 1988.

Jerry’s obituary, as published in The Times Chronicle, can be found at:


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