In 2006, the Board of Directors of the Energy Telecommunications & Electrical Association (ENTELEC; www.entelec.org) established the Wayne V. Black Scholarship Award. It was with great sadness that in the fall of 2011, ENTELEC mourned the loss of Mr. Black. The scholarship has been renamed the “Wayne V. Black Memorial Scholarship Award”.
Mr. Black, a former partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Keller and Heckman llp, graduated from the University of Missouri in 1959. He began his career at the firm as a Federal Communications Commission licensing specialist, before receiving his law degree from the George Washington University and becoming an attorney in 1964.
From 1964 until his retirement in 2007, Mr. Black represented oil and gas companies, electric utilities and others before the FCC and elsewhere on a wide variety of telecommunications matters. Among other things, he assisted countless energy companies in securing radio authorizations and waivers, participating in FCC rulemaking proceedings, and representing their interests before the Commission, the courts and the United States Congress. He had served as General Counsel of ENTELEC since the 1970s.
In recognition of his many years of service on behalf of ENTELEC, the Board of Directors determined to establish a lasting tribute to Mr. Black with the creation of the annual scholarship in his name.