Jim Kipp came to the Marshfield Clinic in 1968. His goal, at that time, was to introduce a new specialty to Marshfield, known as Bio-Medical Electronics. Jim had already established a long career in electronics and, with the help of many clinic physicians, learned how to apply his background to the medical environment. Jim became a real pioneer in those early days; designing and building many bio-electronic devices that are now commonly manufactured (profusion pumps and various nerve stimulators are some examples of Jim′s earlier work). Early on he recognized the importance of A.A.M.I Certification, being among the first fifty to earn that distinction, and later on being named to a seat on the A.A.M.I Advisory Board. When the Western Wisconsin Technical Collage contemplated an educational program in Bio-Medical Technology, they called on Jim, who had become an authority, to guide them in their curriculum development. Jim always remained involved with W.W.T.C as a program advisor.

In a continuing effort to promote excellence and camaraderie, Jim established the Bio-Medical Electronics Technician′s Association, inviting regional technicians and others with interest to join his new group. When the B.A.W. was formed, he sat on the Board of Directors where he worked extensively to attain the tax-exempt status that the B.A.W. now enjoys.

These are just a few highlights in the career of Jim Kipp. For those of us who knew him, we will have a lasting memory of a man best described as intelligent, enthusiastic and innovative.

Jim remained Manager of Marshfield Clinic Bio-Medical Electronics Department until his death in February of 1989.[1]