SEMI Mourns Loss of Industry Veteran and Former SEMI Chairman James J. Greed

Semiconductor industry veteran and advocate James J. (Jim) Greed of Angels Camp, California passed suddenly on May 2. He was a lifelong champion of the semiconductor industry and tirelessly supported SEMI throughout his career. He served for 11 years on the SEMI International Board of Directors including a term as Chairman of the global industry association. He also had career-long participation supporting SEMI International Standards efforts and recent leadership in work to move forward with the next silicon substrate size, 450mm diameter wafers.

Jim Greed was born in Teaneck, New Jersey in 1939 and had a semiconductor career that spanned more than 40 years. With a Masters of Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute, he began working in the industry with Perkin Elmer.  Among others, Jim worked for General Signal where he rose to the position of Chief Technical Officer of their Semiconductor Group. He completed his career as President of VLSI Standards before retiring to Angels Camp. 

Jim is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sharon, his son Jason and daughter-in-law Patty.  Jim, the quintessential extrovert, left a legacy of global friendships and a community of those closest to him that will miss his constant upbeat outlook on life.  A celebration of life is scheduled for June 30, 5:00-8:00pm, to be held at Camps Restaurant, Greenhorn Creek Country Club. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mark Twain St. Joseph Hospital Foundation, San Andreas, Calif.

May 8, 2012