This memorial tribute is a small remembrance of many years of caring friendship and professional ties with those who have gone before us. We are grateful for having known these friends, we appreciate their accomplishments in their communities, and we know that the memories of their lives will be inspirational to us as we continue our journey.
"No man is an island, entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent...
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind."
— John Donne (1572-1631)
Let us all remember those who have been a part of our emergency management family in the past, especially those who have died in recent years.
Deceased Members Recognized at IAEM Annual Memorial Service, IAEM-USA Business Meeting and Global Report, Nov. 9, 2022:
Certification Chair James “Jim” Howson passed away on Nov. 27 (08 Dec. 2022)
Peter M. Apatow, Milford, Connecticut, Board of Directors, Humanitarian Resource Institute.
Michael Augustyniak, retired member of the NJ Office of Emergency Management.
H.M. Bottom, Russell Springs, KY, Emergency Management Coordinator for Russell County, Kentucky.
Gary Luce, Lebanon, Kentucky, Assistant Emergency Management Director with Marion County.
William “Mike” Wilder, Perryville, KY, Director of Boyle County Emergency Management.
Jerry. Quinn, Folsom, CA, Long-time IAEM-USA member and CESA Government Affairs rep. Jerry dedicated over 30 years to the emergency management field
This listing will include those who passed away since the IAEM 2020 Annual Conference, Nov. 16-18, 2020, and who will be recognized at the IAEM 2021 Annual Conference.
In 2011, Avagene was inducted into the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame. She also was in IAEM’s first class of Certified Emergency Managers, earning the designation in 1993.
Avagene is survived by her husband, James T. “Jimmy” Moore, one brother and her three children. Arrangements are being handled by the Neal Funeral Home in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee and a private “celebration of life” will be held at a later date. Her obituary, including a tribute page, is available online.
The family requests that memorial donations be made in Avagene’s memory to the charity of your choice. For convenience, the link to IAEM’s Scholarship Fund is provided; Avagene was a faithful donor to this program, which was established during her membership tenure.
Avagene was a major force in the development of emergency management as we know it today. Because of this loss, our world is a little dimmer today. Condolences to the family and friends of Avagene.
These members who passed away since the 2018 IAEM Annual Conference were remembered at the 2019 IAEM Annual Conference by IAEM Chaplain Bob Goldhammer, CEM:
"He inspired me to do great, big, things. To think differently and be bold. And most importantly, not give a damn about the opposition. He is a game changer. He single-handedly changed our profession on a national scale.”
"Professionally he was the steady hand that guided our nation towards collaborative EM. His pen saved lives. His heart was his magic. He was an exceptional human.”