In Memoriam: October 2016

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

27 October 2016

Thomas E. Bedwell

Software engineer

Life Member, 69; died 2 May

A software engineer for more than 30 years, Bedwell began his career in 1971 as a programmer at International Computing Co. He left in 1975 to become a software development manager at General Instrument Co. of Horsham, Pa., a manufacturer of semiconductors and cable-television equipment. There he built wagering systems for state lotteries, racetracks, and off-track betting.

From 1980 to 1984 he served as director of engineering at MA-Com Technology Solutions of Lowell, Mass., a supplier of radio-frequency, microwave, and millimeter-wave components. In 1984 he founded Microstat, a company that developed computer-based registry systems for trauma hospitals.

From 1989 to 1993 he was senior director of Hughes Network Systems, a company in Germantown, Md., that specialized in satellite-data and Internet-access network services. He left Hughes in 1993 to join American Mobile Satellite Corp. (now part of Dish Network) as director of engineering. He was a principal systems engineer at Motorola from 1997 until he retired in 2002.

Bedwell was a member of the IEEE Communications and IEEE Computer societies.


Erwin A. Reinhard

Engineering professor

Life Senior Member, 85; died 3 June

Reinhard was a professor of engineering and assistant dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa. Upon retirement, he and his wife, Irene, traveled extensively across the United States.

He was a member of the IEEE Computer and IEEE Education societies.

After serving in the U.S. Army, he earned bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Texas, Austin.


Daniel W. VonBerg

Electrical engineer

Life Member, 83; died 26 June

VonBerg began his career serving in the U.S. Army. He was a radar and computer instructor for the First Guided Missile Brigade, at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Three years later he attended Marquette University, in Milwaukee, where he earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering. While in school, he was a researcher at Centralab, a division of appliance manufacturer Globe Union Group. He worked there alongside Jack Kilby, who later received the Nobel Prize in Physics and the IEEE Medal of Honor for inventing the integrated circuit.

After graduation, VonBerg worked at Magnavox and later at Sangamo Electric Co., a sonar and radar equipment manufacturer in Springfield, Ill., as an R&D engineer. He then joined the Illinois Department of Public Health, where he developed the Medical Emergency Radio Communications for Illinois (MERCI) system for ambulance-to-hospital and hospital-to-hospital communications. He also helped establish several 911 emergency dispatch centers. He retired in 1995.

VonBerg belonged to the Boy Scouts of America for more than 65 years and was an Eagle Scout. He was president of the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group of Central Illinois for 11 years.


Louis A. Nagode

Computer engineer

Member, 58; died 4 August

Nagode was a computer engineer at Oracle, a computer technology company, for 19 years. He took his own life.

Before joining Oracle, he began his career with Hewlett-Packard. He co-authored a book, Big Data and the Internet of Things, which was published by Apress in 2015. Last year he founded nTrustent, an online auction marketplace for people interested in “flipping” houses (purchasing real estate, fixing up the property, and selling it at a profit).

He was a member of the IEEE Communications, IEEE Computer, and IEEE Technology and Engineering Management societies.

Nagode earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.

Those who wish to honor his memory are invited to make a donation to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.


Virgil D. Martin

Electrical engineer

Life Member, 87; died 6 August

Martin was an electrical engineer for 35 years at Florida Power and Light, a utility in Juno Beach. He designed many of the FPL overhead and underground electric-power systems serving Broward County.

In his spare time, he coached baseball, basketball, and football in Pompano Beach and was a deacon at Pompano’s First Baptist Church.

Martin was a member of the IEEE Power & Energy Society.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida, in Gainesville.

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