In Memoriam: February 2018

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

27 February 2018

William C. Smith

Computer scientist

Life Member, 87; died 24 December

Smith was a systems analyst at Eastman Kodak, in Rochester, N.Y. He later joined IBM as a computer scientist.

He was a member of the IEEE Computer Society.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and a master’s degree in applied mathematics from the University of Rochester.

Elmer J. Bourque

Systems performance engineer

Life Senior Member, 72; died 28 December

Bourque was a systems performance engineer at New Brunswick Power, a utility with headquarters in Fredericton, Canada.

He began his career at the New Brunswick Research and Productivity Council, where he developed an operating system and compiler to run automatic tests on hydraulic equipment. Five years later he joined NB Power, where he worked for three decades, specializing in power system fault-and-disturbance recording, generator controls, stabilizer systems and, later, power-quality troubleshooting.

Bourque served as secretary and treasurer of the IEEE New Brunswick Section for nearly a decade, and he was secretary of IEEE Region 7 in 2004 and 2005.

In his spare time, he enjoyed playing the piano and the pipe organ, as well as singing, photography, canoeing, and cycling.

He received a bachelor’s degree in math and physics in 1956 from Collège Sainte-Anne, in Montreal. He earned a second bachelor’s degree, in electrical engineering, in 1969 from the University of New Brunswick, in Fredericton.

Jon L. Elzey

Communications engineer

Life Member, 83; died 3 January

Elzey was a communications engineer for several companies including ITT Corp., Trans World Airlines, and Western Union.

He was a member of the IEEE Computer Society.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1954 to 1957. He received a bachelor’s degree in German in 1961 from Harvard, then a master’s degree in computer science from Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, N.J.

James E. Batts

Systems engineer

Member, 74; died 3 January

Batts was a systems engineer for the space industry, where he worked on simulation and systems engineering projects for NASA’s Apollo missions and its space shuttle program.

He was a member of the IEEE Computer and IEEE Control Systems societies. He was also a member of the Society for Computer Simulation (now the Society for Modeling and Simulation International) and the Society of American Magicians.

Batts received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and a master’s degree in EE from the University of Houston.

Robert S. Duggan Jr.

Electronics engineer

Life Senior Member, 89; died 8 January

Bob Duggan was an electronics engineer at Lockheed Martin, in Marietta, Ga., for nearly 40 years.

He joined the U.S. Navy in 1946 and served for two years as an electronics technician. He joined Lockheed in 1953 and continued to serve in the Naval Reserve, retiring in 1968 as a lieutenant commander. He retired from Lockheed in 1990.

An active volunteer, he served as director of IEEE Region 3 in 1984 and 1985 and was 1987 vice president of the Regional Activities Board. He was a member of IEEE Eta Kappa Nu, the organization’s honor society.

Duggan was a ham radio operator who also enjoyed collecting stamps and researching his family’s genealogy. He spoke 13 languages including Arabic, French, and Russian. He and his wife, Kathleen, started the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta’s International Sunday School, and they helped launch the Atlanta Ministry With International Students.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1951 and a master’s in EE in 1963 from Georgia Tech.

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