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AEP Sends Employees to Help Restore Power in Puerto Rico

SWEPCO employees before flying to Caguas, Puerto Rico. From left to right: Todd Hopwood, Bubba Griffin, April Bailey, Tony Rash, Mike Free, James H. Lyles, Martin Hegert, Leslie Hedgepath. Not pictured: Bryan Blanton and Carl Sweigart.

(Story by Shanelle Hinkle Moore)

On Sunday, December 10, 11 AEP employees flew to Caguas, Puerto Rico, to help manage power restoration. Nearly 30 percent of homes in Puerto Rico are still without electric power. Hurricane Maria heavily hit Caguas, a remote and mountainous area.

The AEP employees are one of seven Incident Management Teams from U.S. energy companies traveling to the island.

Phil Lewis, AEP’s Emergency Restoration Planning manager, is coordinating the company’s incident command assistance. “AEP is glad to provide the expertise of our people for this important work,” he said. “I think this is the first time that AEP has sent employees to assist in restoration in the Caribbean region.”

Bryan Blanton, distribution system manager in Longview, Texas, will lead a team of storm response experts from SWEPCO. They will manage nearly 3,000 workers already on the island. The team will work 12 to 16 hours a day, seven days a week until early January.

“We’re honored to have the opportunity to help bring power back to the people of Puerto Rico. The conditions in Puerto Rico are dire, and they need power restored as quickly as possible. We have the expertise to do that, and we are happy to be able to help,” Blanton said.

Jon Cronin, transmission line manager in Columbus, Ohio, will help coordinate transmission line restoration. “I hope that the grid can be rebuilt in a more robust manner that can better withstand the weather-related threats which occur in that region,” Cronin said. He is brushing up on his high school Spanish-speaking skills with Rosetta Stone lessons. During his time there, he also plans to journal his experiences.

“Rebuilding the power grid in Puerto Rico will be challenging,” said Malcolm Smoak, SWEPCO vice president, Distribution. “We are pleased to provide the expertise of our employees to restore power as quickly and safely as possible for our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico.”

AEP is one of several energy companies providing resources and workers the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority in partnership with Edison Electric Institute. AEP is also sending 3,000 insulators to support Puerto Rico’s power restoration efforts.

The company plans to send another team to relieve these employees in early January.

Here is the AEP Puerto Rico Restoration Team: Jon Cronin, transmission line manager, Columbus, Ohio; Bryan Blanton, manager distribution system, Longview, TX; April Bailey, sustainability lead, Shreveport, LA; Mike Free, distribution dispatching coordinator, Shreveport, LA; Leslie Hedgepeth, distribution system supervisor, Shreveport, LA; Martin Hergert, distribution system supervisor, Marshall, TX; Todd Hopwood, manager distribution system, Fayetteville, AR; James H. Lyles, distribution system supervisor, Shreveport, LA; Tony Rash, safety and health manager, Shreveport, LA; Carl Sweigart, sustainability lead, Fayetteville, AR; and Bubba Griffin, distribution dispatching supervisor, Shreveport, LA.

AEP Foundation Awards $1.58 Million Grant to BridgeValley for STEM Education Program

Appalachian Power President and COO Chris Beam (right) and External Affairs Vice President Mark Dempsey (left) presented a symbolic check to Nitro and Riverside High School students and BridgeValley’s president as part of a media announcement in Charleston.

(Story by Jeri Matheney)

Students at two West Virginia high schools and BridgeValley Community & Technical College have learned new doors are open to them that they may never have considered. Thanks to a $1.58 million grant from the American Electric Power Foundation, thousands of high school students in Kanawha County will be able to explore careers in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – and earn college credits while still in high school.

Through the grant, BridgeValley will work with Nitro High School and Riverside High School, as well as their feeder middle schools, to implement the Credits CountSM program. Credits Count is the signature program of the AEP Foundation. With it, high school and middle school students are introduced to STEM career fields. The program also helps students close learning gaps so they are ready to study college-level courses while still in high school. The 5-year program is expected to reach approximately 2,200 students.

By high school graduation, students will have earned credits that count toward a certificate in a STEM-related career or a college degree in fields that include advanced manufacturing and computer and information technology. These students who graduate from BridgeValley may enter careers such as IT Systems Analyst, earning annual salaries of $75,000-$80,000, or Electro-Mechanical Technician, earning salaries of $45,000-$50,000. Students may also continue their education and save thousands of dollars over a traditional path to a four-year degree.

“The Credits Count grant is the largest gift that the AEP Foundation has ever made in West Virginia,” said [Chris Beam], Appalachian Power president and chief operating officer. “This gift will help students become the problem solvers for our society and our businesses in the future.”

The two participating high schools, Nitro and Riverside, were selected because their students will particularly benefit from Credits Count programming. Both currently lack access to quality STEM-based programming.

Earning some college credit before graduating high school increases the chance that students will complete a college program by two and a half times, according to the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

Chris Beam and Dr. Eunice Bellinger, BridgeValley president, at the December 4 press conference.

The major components of the Credits Count program include:

  • STEM Experiences — expanding awareness at an early age of possible STEM careers through middle and high school exploration experiences;
  • College Course Readiness Assessments — identifying gaps in writing, reading and math that may require tutoring;
  • Summer Bridge Programs — providing developmental support in English and math and improving skills prior to students’ participation in dual enrollment programs;
  • Dual Enrollment College Classes — allowing students to graduate high school with at least 12 college credits toward an associate degree and a skill set certificate;
  • Active Advising — providing a program adviser to work with students to continuously monitor and address educational barriers, college readiness and student performance; and
  • Scholarships — providing some scholarships for participating students to attend BridgeValley after high school graduation.

 

BridgeValley’s program is the AEP Foundation’s seventh Credits Count program. Others include Columbus State Community College in Ohio, Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana, Tulsa Community College in Oklahoma, Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana, Ashland Community and Technical College in Kentucky, and Laredo Community College in Texas. With this grant, the AEP Foundation has committed nearly $14.2 million across the AEP service territory to help students pursue careers in STEM.

BridgeValley Community and Technical College serves a six-county region including Fayette, Raleigh, Nicholas, Clay, Putnam and Kanawha counties. The college operates two campuses, in Montgomery and South Charleston, along with the Advanced Technology Center of Southern West Virginia.

CVS Health plans to purchase Aetna

As you may have seen in the news, CVS Health, the largest pharmacy health care provider in the U.S., has agreed to acquire Aetna. According to Aetna, this transaction will have no immediate impact on the plans or service that Aetna provides to its members.

In addition, this will not affect AEP’s transition to Medicare Advantage plans for retirees age 65 and over on January 1, 2018. This transaction is in the very early stages and must clear antitrust legislation before finalized. AEP is monitoring this development and will communicate more as it is known.

20th AEP-Built Habitat Home Dedicated in Columbus

Joining new homeowner Eugene Johnson (third from left) are AEP employees (from left) Dale Heydlauff, Jim Rosing, Dale Krummen, Bill Turns, Frankie Hejduk, a Mapfre Insurance representative, Brad Martin and Kirk Nofzinger. Photos provided by HFH-MidOhio.

(Story by Barry Schumann)

The 20th home built in central Ohio by active and retired AEP and AEP Ohio employees was dedicated in November in the Linden area of Columbus.

The home was built with a grant from the American Electric Power Foundation. The Johnson family, which partnered to provide sweat equity toward their new home,  is the 419th central Ohio family to realize the dream of home ownership since 1987, according to Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio.

“It was a pleasure to work on this year’s home,” said Jim Rosing, AEP principal architect and project co-leader. “Thanks to the AEP Foundation, AEP management for their support and to the many AEP employees, past and present for their volunteer time and hard work.”

AEP and the AEP Foundation have supported Habitat homes in central Ohio going back to 1996. Teams consisting primarily of active AEP and AEP Ohio employees and led by Rosing work to build the homes each Saturday spring through fall, when the home is dedicated and occupied by the partner family. Teams of primarily retired AEP and AEP Ohio employees led by AEP retiree Dale Krummen work on the homes each Wednesday during the same timeframe.

AEP retiree and project co-leader Dale Krummen at work.

Student-athletes from The Ohio State University joined the AEP build team one day in July as part of the university’s Buckeyes Care initiative to engage OSU athletes in the community.

All Habitat for Humanity-MidOhio homes are now constructed to conform to “green building” standards, making them as ecologically sustainable and energy efficient as possible while maintaining affordability and ease of maintenance for the low-income families served.

Since 2010 — when a $50,000 AEP Foundation grant helped the central Ohio Habitat affiliate pilot green building — the AEP Foundation has partnered to underwrite green elements that make Habitat homes more comfortable and more energy efficient with the potential to lower utility bills by as much as $400 annually. Green design elements in the newly dedicated house include:

  • ENERGY STAR-certified appliances and light fixtures.
  • Low-flow faucets, shower heads and toilets to reduce water waste.
  • Ceiling fans in the living room and bedrooms to cool in summer and redistribute heat in the winter.
  • Kitchen range hood vents to the exterior for better indoor air quality.
  • Solid surface flooring on the entire first floor for durability and reduced dust and allergens for air quality.
  • 14.5 SEER high-efficiency air conditioning unit and fully sealed and ducted returns to reduce energy use and improve air quality.
  • Enhanced wall insulation and increased use of sealants to decrease external air infiltration and increase “R” value of walls.
  • Green Label certified carpet and padding on the second floor contains recycled content.
  • Continuously running dehumidifier in the basement reduces moisture levels.

Obituaries

AEP River Transportation Division

Donald May, 73, River Transportation Division, died October 2.

AEP Service Corporation

Dorothy Miesse, 100, retired, AEP Headquarters, died September 30.

Thomas O’Connor Jr., 70, AEP Headquarters, died October 16.

Harold Scherer, 88, retired, AEP Headquarters, died October 10.

Appalachian Power Company

Donald Lasley, 84, retired, Clinch River Plant, died October 19.

Wanda Nelson, 95, retired, Charleston Office, died November 6, 2016.

Horace Smythers, 93, retired, Roanoke Main Office, died October 15.

Columbus Southern Power Company

Clarence Angles, 84, retired, 850 Tech Center, died October 16.

Albert Trapasso, 85, retired, 850 Tech Center, died October 9.

Indiana Michigan Power Company

Linda Atherton, 74, One Summit Square, died October 6.

Franklin Becraft, 83, retired, Mishawaka Hydro, died October 6.

Harold Biggs, 75, Muncie Service Center, died October 11.

John Hile, 88, retired, One Summit Square, died September 26.

Robert Maxwell, 83, retired, Muncie Service Center, died October 17.

Loney Parsley, 75, Rockport Plant, died October 20.

Jerold Scoma Jr., 53, Cook Nuclear Plant, died October 28.

Jay Sparks, 63, Rockport Plant, died October 18.

Kentucky Power Company

Jessee Collier, 96, retired, Robert E. Matthews Service Center, died October 23.

Ohio Power Company

Richard Clevenger, 87, retired, Lima Service Center, died October 14.

John Colucci, 85, retired, Lancaster Office Building, died October 9.

Ray Dawson, 90, retired, Lancaster Office Building, died October 4.

Edward Hunter, 91, retired, Coshocton Office Building, died September 21.

Charles Jacobs, 82, retired, Canton Eastern Regional Office, died October 13.

Richard Maynard, 92, retired, Southern Ohio Coal Company, died October 11.

Harry Morris Jr., 89, retired, Lancaster Office Building, died September 1.

Marlene O’Brien, 82, retired, Canton Eastern Regional Office, died October 13.

Paul Robinson, 85, retired, Steubenville Service Center, died September 23.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Jimmy Ridenour, 82, retired, Tulsa General Office, died October 9.

Southwestern Electric Power Company

Huey Bamburg, 91, retired, Shreveport General Office, died October 5.

Eddie Brown Sr., 66, Shreveport Office, died August 12.

Texas Central

Paul Browning, 73, Victoria Service Center, died October 3.

Paul Chagois, 71, retired, Pharr North Service Center, died December 21, 2016.

Aurther Shafer, 90, retired, Corpus Christi Office, died October 26.

Alex Smith, 83, retired, Corpus Christi Office, died October 2.

Dan Smith, 70, Mt. Pleasant Service Center, died September 26.

Transmission

Patricia Anderson, 71, System Control Center-Shreveport, died September 30.

Charles Jones, 76, retired, Abingdon Transmission Building, died October 8.

October Retirements

AEP Ohio

Laura Jordan, Athens Service Center, retired October 14 after 44 years of service.

Scott Lutz, Newark Service Building, retired October 31 after 38 years of service.

Mark Redfern, Zanesville Service Center, retired October 4 after 38 years of service.

AEP River Transportation Division

Oliver Herdman, River Transportation Division, retired October 1 after 18 years of service.

AEP Service Corporation

Jay Grigsby, AEP Headquarters, retired October 14 after 11 years of service.

Jeffrey McLravy, AEP Headquarters, retired October 17 after 16 years of service.

Ruth Robinson, AEP Headquarters, retired October 7 after 12 years of service.

Carla Ross, Central Operations Center, retired October 1 after 21 years of service.

Appalachian Power Company

Eugene Warner, Bluefield (W.Va.) Service Center, retired October 27 after 43 years of service.

Generation

Dennis Alexander, Mitchell Plant, retired October 19 after 36 years of service.

Thomas Andert, Cook Nuclear Plant, retired October 26 after 36 years of service.

James Kovalo, Cardinal Plant, retired October 24 after 12 years of service.

David Brumfield, Rockport Plant, retired October 20 after 37 years of service.

Milton Paquette Jr., Cook Nuclear Plant, retired October 14 after 26 years of service.

Terry Rader, Northeastern Station 3&4, retired October 5 after 10 years of service.

Keith Ratliff, Amos Plant, retired October 7 after 12 years of service.

Agapito Rodriguez, Cook Nuclear Plant, retired October 10 after 18 years of service.

Mark Springer, Cook Nuclear Plant, retired October 31 after 14 years of service.

Indiana Michigan Power Company

Benjamin Welbaum, Northeast Service Center, retired October 18 after 26 years of service.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Dennis Weddle, Mid Metro Office, retired October 1 after 16 years of service.

Southwestern Electric Power Company

F.H. Hunter, Fayetteville Operations, retired October 17 after 43 years of service.

Kay Kraner, Longview Operations, retired October 5 after 20 years of service.

Leon Maxie, Hornbeck Service Center, retired October 17 after 40 years of service.

Robert Trybus Jr., Shreveport Operations, retired October 3 after 26 years of service.

Transmission

Jeoffry Bednar, AEP Transmission Headquarters, retired October 10 after 50 years of service.

Stephen Fields, Muncie Service Center, retired October 1 after 36 years of service.

Edward Schnell, 825 Tech Center, retired October 7 after 37 years of service.

Veterans Day Recognition, Appreciation Events Held Across AEP

Military veterans were recognized and appreciated on Veterans Day at numerous AEP locations. Here are just some of the events that occurred.

Appalachian Power

Veterans Day celebrations honoring Appalachian Power employees who have or currently serve in the United States Armed Forces were held across the company’s service territory last week.

Some districts celebrated with a Veterans Day breakfast, while others recognized employees with a hot lunch. Leslie Swick, administrative assistant in the Christiansburg District, helped organize luncheons in Pulaski and Bluefield and said everyone seemed to enjoy the food and fellowship. Employees at Charleston, Christiansburg and Huntington Districts were also recognized.

In recognition of Veterans Day, employees at the Wheeling Service Center organized a breakfast to honor their coworkers who have served our country. The veterans were recognized by Jim Hill, customer and distribution services manager, and each was presented with a certificate. They were also given a standing ovation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and a veterans’ prayer.  Nearly 60 employees attended the recognition event and breakfast.

Appalachian Power’s Kingsport District Recognition Team hosted veterans who work within the district with a catered lunch at the Glade Spring Service Center in Glade Spring, Va.  Manager of Distribution System Andy Shaffron expressed appreciation to the honorees for their service and presented them with a commemorative coin.

Roanoke District veterans were treated to breakfast at a local restaurant. Among the employees who were able to attend the breakfast were (from Fieldale Service Center, MRO, Stores, Line): Daryl Hagood, Stewart Werner, Steve Montgomery, Jimmy Boyd, Justin Hall; (from Lynchburg Service Center, MRO, LIne, Stores, Techs): Jayme Chichelli, Wendell Wyland, Mac Brown, Mike Fifer, Adam Ayers, Omar White, Matthew McArthur, Robert Thompson, Tim Moore, Smith Fletcher.

Cardinal Plant

Cardinal Plant employees enjoyed a Veterans Day celebration that included cake and refreshments, and guest speaker Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla, a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War.

Comanche Power Station

A group of employees from Comanche Power Station, Lawton, Okla., visited the local Veterans Administration Center in Lawton to present donations that plant employees had raised during their recent donation drive. They delivered more than $500 worth of donations to the veterans at the VA, including games, house slippers, stamps, pants, undershirts, sweats, and more.

Cook Nuclear Plant

There are currently 341 registered AEP veteran employees at D.C. Cook Nuclear Plant in Bridgman, Mich., who have served and continue to serve our country. AEP has always been a military-friendly company and Cook has its share of folks who come from all facets of military life. In honor of Veterans Day, the Nov. 10 Outage Report newsletter saluted those who have given their time and talent in defense of our nation. The names of all veterans employed at Cook are noted in the issue.

Indiana Michigan Power

I&M’s military veterans were recognized at special breakfasts and other events at various I&M locations in honor of Veterans Day. With Veterans Day falling on Saturday this year, many of the recognition events were on Thursday or Friday. Activities were held in a number of facilities, including Rockport, Indiana Michigan Power Center in Fort Wayne and at service centers.

Kentucky Power

Kentucky Power employs veterans across its service territory in eastern Kentucky. In recognition of Veterans Day, employees who served in the military were recognized for their service to their country with thank you lunches and breakfasts.

Big Sandy Plant in Lousia, Ky., honored active and retired veterans Nov. 10. Veterans were entertained by a group from Louisa Elementary School playing recorders, singing and performing a flag-folding ceremony. Refreshments were served and a gift presented to each veteran.

Mitchell Plant

Twenty Mitchell Plant (Moundsville, W.Va.) employees attended a buffet breakfast on Nov. 13 to honor their service to our country. All branches of the service were represented by these employees. In recognition and appreciation for their service to our country, Dan Moyer, Plant Manager; Russ Gwin, maintenance superintendent senior, and Mark Ritz, energy production supervisor senior, presented each employee with an American flag.

Northeastern Power Station

Fifteen veterans were recognized at Northeastern Power Station in Oologah, Okla., at the plant’s annual Veterans Day commemoration event.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Public Service Company of Oklahoma recognized PSO veterans with a breakfast buffet Friday in the Braves Council Room at the Tulsa General Office. The event included patriotic music by the Central High School Ensemble and speakers Kevin Ouellete, retired U.S. Army sergeant first class, and plant operator at Comanche Power Station; and Lt. Col. (Ret.) William Bradley O’Connor, U.S. Air Force.

PSO also participated in the annual Tulsa Veterans Day Parade. Employees who are military veterans walked in the parade to escort a PSO line truck and bucket truck.

In addition, PSO paid tribute to veterans by featuring five employees or retirees who are veterans on Inside PSO:

  • Demetrice Britton, IT support technician, U.S. Army.
  • Dale Johnson, retiree, U.S. Army.
  • Stan Davis, retiree, U.S. Army.
  • Travis Ainsworth, substation supervisor-Transmission Field Operations, Lawton, U.S. Navy.
  • Wayne Schweikhard, retiree, U.S. Navy.

Southwestern Electric Power Company

SWEPCO employees in four work locations in Shreveport honored those who have served by donating to the AEP Military Veterans Employee Resource Group (MVERG) Food Drive over the last month. Fifty boxes of food and toiletry items were delivered Thursday to Woody’s Home for Veterans, a non-profit residential center that includes two houses which serve mentally ill veterans.

AEP Transmission

A special Veterans Recognition Luncheon was held in the New Albany Transmission Headquarters lobby Friday for all Gahanna and New Albany employees who are military veterans. Coordinated by the Military Veteran Employee Resource Group (MVERG), the event included a color guard from Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base to present flags and open the program. Maj. Patrick Rippeth, Ohio Army National Guard and transmission business operations analyst, spoke of his deployment in Kosovo. Also, Cpl. Vince Stinnett, Ohio National Guard, spoke via live stream from Kuwait. He is the son of Matt Stinnett, transmission contract analyst.

MVERG announced its new chair, Ashley Burns, and co-chair, Craig Mason.

AEP Transmission employees at the New Albany Transmission Headquarters and Transmission Operations Center buildings in New Albany brought in non-perishable food items all week prior to Veterans Day. The food items were donated to military families through the Mash Pantry and the Military Veterans Resource Center.

Wilkes Power Plant

Wilkes Power Plant, located in Avinger, Texas, honored its veterans Nov. 10, with a BBQ pulled pork and sausage lunch. Those who were honored were employees Sgt. Tracy Brittain, U.S. Marines; BT2 Lewis Peacock, U.S. Navy; TSgt Robert C. Andrews, U.S. Air Force, Retired; and Cpl. William Jones, U.S. Army.

Each veteran was presented with a service branch cap, a pocket multi-purpose tool, and an AEP Veteran pin. Andrews presented a Veterans Day program that featured not only Wilkes veterans, but Wilkes family member veterans as well.

Annual Enrollment Ends Thursday, November 16

Annual Enrollment for AEP’s 2018 benefits plans for employees and retirees ends at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday, November 16.

The enrollment guides for retirees age under 65, and for age 65 and over, are posted on this website under Benefits.

To make your selections, go to the AEP Benefits Center to choose your plan option. If you have questions about the enrollment process or need help enrolling, call the AEP Benefits Center at 1-888-237-2363 (option 1), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

The AEP Benefits Hub (note: this link goes to the retiree Annual Enrollment section) offers tools and resources to help you make benefits decisions. AEP Benefits Hub also offers medical plan option details, enrollment guides and summary of benefit coverage documents.

PSO retiree Dale Johnson profiled for Veterans Day

Pvt. Dale Johnson, U.S. Army, at age 20.

(Story by Ed Bettinger)

PSO News recently profiled a number of Public Service Company of Oklahoma employees and retirees who have served our nation in the military. This is one of the profile articles, about Dale Johnson, a U.S. Army veteran who retired December 1, 2009, with 35 years of service. His final position was as working foreman on a line crew.

Thank you to Dale for your service, and to all of our AEP veterans.

Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Tulsa and raised in southern Arizona. Just before high school we moved back to Tulsa. I have been here ever since.

What was your branch of the service?
U.S. Army.

When did you serve and for how long?
I served two years, from October 1967 until September 1969.

What led you to serve in the military?
Like many young men during the time of the Vietnam War, I was drafted at age 19.

What was your experience in the military?
I went through basic training at Fort Polk, LA.  Next, I was stationed with the 45th Artillery Brigade Air Defense outfit at a Nike Hercules anti-aircraft missile site outside of Chicago for four months.  I was then sent to Germany to the Third Armored Division, 19th Maintenance Battalion, which was part of the East-West border patrol in divided Germany during the Cold War.

What is the highest rank you attained?
Specialist 4th Class.

Current photo of Dale Johnson

What were your military responsibilities?
I was a Track Armored mechanic.  I worked on M60 tanks, armored personnel carriers, and armored command vehicles.

What is your best memory of military service?
I don’t have any particular best memory, but I wouldn’t trade anything for my time in the service. If called upon to serve again, I would do so with pride!

Please describe your PSO employee experience.
I started August 1974 at 1st & Cheyenne as a helper on a line crew. Over time I also worked out of Mid Metro, 1st & Denver, 81st & Yale [now closed], Sand Springs, and, finally, at Alsuma. I was at Alsuma when I retired December 1, 2009 with 35 years of service.

My final position was as Working Foreman on a line crew. I worked with and learned from some of the greatest linemen to ever strap on a set of hooks. I worked for hard foremen who knew and appreciated a job well done. All in all, PSO was a great place to work. I had a lot of demanding routine jobs, but also worked a lot of storms (ice, tornados and high winds)…and I LOVED IT ALL!”

Obituaries

AEP River Transportation Division

Patricia Dierkes, 77, River Transportation Division, died August 25.

AEP Service Corporation

William Gibson, 71, AEP Headquarters, died August 28.

Thomas Lynch, 89, retired, AEP Headquarters, died August 16.

Richard Schultz, 80, retired, AEP Headquarters, died September 15.

Appalachian Power Company

Andrew Abshire, 76, retired, Madison Service Center, died September 19.

Michael Burris, 76, retired, Sporn Plant, died September 19.

James Cole, 90, retired, Clinch River Plant, died September 15.

Paul Dornon, 79, retired, Huntington Service Center, died August 27.

Joshua Hall, 35, Kingsport Service Center, died September 2.

Lena Hensley, 90, retired, Kingsport Service Center, died August 4.

Donald McCraw, 73, retired, Pulaski Service Center, died September 11.

Aubrey Powell, 87, retired, Bb&T Building, died August 29.

Michael Thomson, 66, Beckley Service Center, died September 4.

Sherry Youell, 76, Kanawha River Plant, died September 6.

Columbus Southern Power Company

John Broadnax, 71, Columbus Northwest Service Center, died September 1.

Clyde Campbell Jr., 75, Athens Service Center, died September 4.

Bernard Carter, 93, retired, Athens Service Center, died September 9.

Jerome Hoffman, 81, retired, 850 Tech Center, died September 4.

John Morris, 60, Columbus Northeast Service Center, died August 28.

Mary Rains, 82, retired, 850 Tech Center, died September 7.

Edgar Turner, 88, retired, 850 Tech Center, died August 25.

Indiana Michigan Power Company

Dale Frie, 59, Cook Nuclear Plant, died September 3.

Rochell Hollis, 44, One Summit Square, died September 6.

Robert Rose, 94, retired, Spy Run Service Center, died June 23.

Robert Schmidt, 94, retired, Avilla Service Center, died September 17.

William Wiley Jr., 92, retired, Marion Office, died September 21.

Kentucky Power Company

Fred Birchfield Jr., 75, Pikeville Service Center, died August 26.

Alan Stennett, 70, Robert E. Matthews Service Center, died September 11.

Ohio Power Company

Ronald Biller, 79, retired, Canton Eastern Regional Office, died August 25.

Clyde Peterson, 95, retired, Lancaster Office Building, died September 14.

Samuel Robinson, 70, Crooksville Service Building, died September 5.

Donald Stewart, 95, retired, Central Ohio Coal Company, died August 31.

Ivan Zyski, 92, retired, Fremont Service Center, died September 18.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Evlyen Cochran, 88, retired, Tulsa General Office, died September 13.

Mildred Cox, 94, retired, Tulsa General Office, died September 4.

Jesse Jennings, 91, retired, Tulsa General Office, died September 21.

Bernard Jordan, 69, Wilburton Office, died August 25.

Edwin Lowe, 90, retired, Tulsa General Office, died September 15

Jim McCollough, 81, retired, Tulsa General Office, died September 20.

Philip McConnell, 82, retired, Tulsa General Office, died September 15.

Willard Osborne, 91, retired, Tulsa General Office, died September 7.

Jerry Simmons, 88, retired, Lawton Operations Center, died September 12.

Paul Whiteside, 95, retired, Tulsa General Office, died September 12.

Southwestern Electric Power Company

Martha Bordelon, 73, retired, Arsenal Hill Plant, died September 2.

William Dempsey Jr., 92, retired, Shreveport General Office, died September 9.

Donald Gilbreath, 80, retired, Shreveport General Office, died August 26.

Billy Smith, 70, Mt. Pleasant Service Center, died September 13.

Texas Central

Perry Beaty Jr., 85, retired, Corpus Christi Office, died August 28.

Texas North

Lynn Jackson Jr., 75, Munday Service Center, died August 20.