Hall of Fame Inductee Announced at ISEE’s 30th Annual Conference

Hall of Fame Inductee Announced at ISEE’s 30th Annual Conference

The International Society of Explosives Engineers


CLEVELAND, OHIO - The International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE) announces the posthumous induction of John “Jack” Darby Loizeaux, as the first industry inductee to the Society of Explosives Engineers Education Foundation Hall of Fame. This recognition is given for outstanding individual contributions throughout a career in the explosives industry.

Mr. Loizeaux graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Forestry and in his lifetime took his knowledge of the use of explosives and built Controlled Demolition Inc. into a company that is familiar to people around the world.

Within the explosives industry mention “building implosion through the use of controlled explosives” and you will have the immediate response of “Loizeaux.” In 1960 Jack, with his life and business partner of 52 years, Freddie Hill Loizeaux, started a business that grew with Jack’s development of technique and his wife’s public relations expertise. Their well-publicized work gave recognition to the controlled use of explosives in demolition.

In recent years, within the explosives industry, Jack Loizeaux was known by many to be a generous man with his time. He shared his experience learned in very difficult work. After passing on the reins of Controlled Demolition to the next generations of his family, Jack could be met at ISEE Potomac Chapter Conferences telling members about the history of company, never failing to give his co-founder Freddie, their children and grandchildren credit for their collective efforts for the successes that he had in his lifetime.

An ISEE Potomac Chapter member notes that Jack spoke at annual chapter training seminars and the guys loved to hear him talk. When he spoke to a group, it was more about life’s lessons, the business and ethical side of the implosion business and how things have changed with time, than it was about implosions. He was truly a pioneer and an inspiration and he deserves the recognition of the industry and from the ISEE for his lifetime achievements.

The International Society of Explosives Engineers is a professional association for individuals who work in the applications side of the industry and has over 4,600 members from over 90 countries. The Society of Explosives Engineers Education Foundation was created to serve the long term educational interests of the industry by promoting explosives engineering for the public good through research, education and other constructive efforts.

The Society held its 30th annual international Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique in February 1 - 4, 2004 in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was at the Annual ISEE Conference Awards Banquet that Mark Loizeaux accepted the Hall Fame recognition plaque on behalf of the Loizeaux children and grandchildren.

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