Walter A. Elmore

Walter A. Elmore
Death date
Associated organizations
Westinghouse Electric Corporation
Fields of study
IEEE Medal for Engineering Excellence


Walter A. Elmore was born on October 2, 1925 in Tennessee. After serving in the Army Air Core during World War II, he went on to receive his engineering degree from the University of Tennessee. Elmore first worked for Memphis Gas Light and Water, and then transferred to Westinghouse Electric in Seattle, Washington. After working as an application engineer for Westinghouse, Elmore then moved to the Relay Instrument Division in Newark, New Jersey. Here is where Elmore became one of the most prominent experts on protection systems in the world.

Elmore was not only an engineer, but a teacher as well. While at Westinghouse, he taught at hundreds of customer schools in Newark and Coral Springs, as well as schools in countries such as Brazil and the Philippines.

Elmore's involvement with the IEEE began early in his career. In 1957, he attended his first Power Systems Relaying Committee meeting. Elmore spent much of his career involved with this committee and served as its chair from 1983-1984. In 1988, he served as the chair for the Power Engineering Society's Technical Council. Finally, in 1989, he received the IEEE Medal for Engineering Excellence. Elmore died on January 20, 2010.