Edward R. Jay, a pioneer in the field of electric heat for the asphalt and other industries, has died in Seattle. He was 85.
Born in Nebraska, Mr. Jay moved to Seattle in 1939, where he later went to work for Process Heating Co. He and his partner, Rudy Hentz, bought the company in the 1950s. Mr. Jay and Mr. Hentz invented and patented a new type of electrical element that became the mainstay of Process Heating Co.’s heaters. In 1990, Mr. Jay retired to Whidbey Island, Wash., and turned the company over to his sons Ron and Rick.