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Colin Gilboy
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Post Number: 479
Registered: 09-2005

Posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 03:49 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostPrint Post

Jo's upbringing as the daughter of Rear Admiral Robert S. Hatcher was influenced by the military and formative in molding her life dedicated to the service of others. Her family, the construction industry, CSI, All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena and others were blessed by her service.

Education was an extremely high priority to Jo. She attended the following universities:
California Graduate Institute, Los Angeles, California (1975-1976);
University of California at Los Angeles (1954-1955);
Long Beach State College, Long Beach, California (1955);
George Washington University, Washington D.C (1951) and
Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, California (1948-1950).

Jo displayed extraordinary effort to attend UCLA. Prior to the construction of the 405 freeway, she drove from the Naval Weapons Center in Seal Beach down PCH to UCLA!

Jo's work experience included: self-employed as a Construction Specifications Consultant (1984 to 2019); Wells Fargo Bank, Vice President, Real Property Management (1977-1984); Gruen Associates, Head of Construction and Specifications (1972-1977); Lunden & Johnson, Architects, Specifications Writer (1970-1972); George Vernon Russell FAIA & Associates, Construction Administrator and Specifications Writer (1961-1970); Moffatt & Nichol Engineers, Specifications Writer and Mechanical Drafter (1956-1961); and the United States Navy, Department of Aeronautics, Administrative Assistant, Long Beach, California, Washington D.C. and Trenton, New Jersey (1951-1956).

Jo became a member of CSI in September of 1961. Her decades of service to the Los Angeles CSI Chapter (LACSI) included participation in almost every committee as well as leadership on the LACSI Board of Directors. Jo was the first woman President of LACSI from 1988 to 2000. She served on the Chapter Board of Directors from the 1970s to the late 1990s including several years as the Chapter Treasurer. She was an active participant and contributor to the Education and Technical Committees. Jo wrote articles on specifications and construction contract administration for the chapter newsletter. Jo also served as the LACSI photographer. The most remarkable service was her role as "caretaker" of LACSI. LACSI used her mailing address for decades. Jo oversaw the corporate records and archives of the chapter. Jo was also a member of the Orange County CSI Chapter.

Jo advanced her mission of promoting education and knowledge through the vast amount of documents that she wrote. Jo prepared written specifications for over 60 years as an employee of notable architectural firms and as an independent consultant. In 1978, Jo became a Certified Construction Specifier (CCS). She utilized the CSI format since its inception, and developed and refined work in accordance with CSI principles. From 1977 to 1984, Jo developed a Facilities Management System for Wells Fargo Bank, Real Property Management Division, which allowed them to manage an abundance of work and properties with a minimum of staff. In 1979, Jo wrote "Construction Contract Administration" a 150 page instructor's guide and 100 page syllabus for an eight week, twenty hour course bearing the same title. She also contributed articles to national publications such as Progressive Architecture magazine.

Jo received multiple awards from construction organizations, CSI chapters, the West Region CSI, and the Institute. In 1988, she received the CSI J. Norman Hunter Memorial Award for her accomplishments with education and specifications. She was named a Fellow of the Institute in 1993. Jo also served the West Region CSI as a Professional Director on the Institute Board of Directors.

Jo's achievements were driven by her personal code of ethics. Her involvement in the development of curriculum and educational processes of local universities, architectural firms, construction firms and trade associations was phenomenal. Thousands of architects, developers, building owners, engineers, contractors, material suppliers and building officials were empowered by her work. Jo was an exceptional organizer and time manager. She gave the term "in search of excellence" a new meaning!

The memorial service for Jo Drummond, FCSI, CCS is pending. The location will be at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena.
Colin Gilboy
Publisher, 4specs.com
702-505-9119 - Las Vegas

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