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HVACR Industry Mourns Passing of Herb Siewert


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Herbert Glenn Siewert, 81 years old, of Bowling Green, Kentucky on February 26, 2015. Herb was a long time veteran of the HVACR industry, whose expertise bridged both residential and automotive air conditioning. A graduate mechanical engineer from the University of Illinois, he began his career with Carrier Corporation in Syracuse, New York.

Herb went on to work for Chrysler Airtemp, in Dayton, Ohio where among other projects, he worked on cabin cooling systems for the Apollo space missions. He transferred with Chrysler Airtemp to Bowling Green, Kentucky before spending the final 20 years of his career with Tecumseh Products Company in Tecumseh, Michigan. Herb retired in 1997 from Tecumseh.

Herb Siewert’s legacy at Tecumseh Products Company includes the HR980 automotive compressor which was designed for the Ford Motor Company and used on popular automotive models such as the Taurus, LTD and Thunderbird. Siewert also worked on the original versions of several hermetic compressors that are still in production today. Most notably, the AW series compressor that is a hallmark for reliability in extreme climates such as the Middle East.

Herb was a member of both ASHRAE and SAE.

A memorial service to celebrate Herb’s life will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Bowling Green, Kentucky on March 28, 2015. Visitation is slated to begin at 9:30 am with the service at 11:00 am CDT.