In Memoriam: April 2014

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

30 April 2014

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James P. Dougherty
Electrical engineer
Life Member, 83; died 9 November

Dougherty was an electrical engineer who specialized in military electronics.

From 1954 to 1956 he served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps’s electronic warfare development department, in Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Dougherty later worked as an electrical engineer for RCA, in Moorestown, N.J., before leaving to join General Electric, in Philadelphia. In 1983 he moved to GE’s office in nearby King of Prussia, Pa., where he worked in the military and data systems operation division. Dougherty retired in 1997.

He was a member of the IEEE Components, Packaging, and Manufacturing Technology and IEEE Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control societies.

Dougherty earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1953 from Drexel University, in Philadelphia. He went on to earn a master’s degree in EE in 1962 from the University of Pennsylvania, also in Philadelphia.


John F. Sawicki
Electrical and software engineer
Life Member, 70; died 23 November

Sawicki was an engineering consultant for the U.S. government. He helped develop software and electronic components for missiles, rocket engines, autonomous vehicles, and other military aircraft and space applications.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University, in Philadelphia. Sawicki went on to earn two master’s degrees: one in electrical engineering from Stanford University and another in business administration from Rollins College, in Winter Park, Fla. He was a member of the IEEE Computer Society.


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Gary W. Boone
Microelectronics pioneer
Life Member, 68; died 12 December

Boone led the team at Texas Instruments that designed the TMS-0100, the first single-chip microcontroller.

He joined TI, in Dallas, in 1969 as a semiconductor engineer and designed chips for calculator manufacturers and other companies. In addition to the TMS-0100, he helped develop the TMX-1795, the first 8-bit microprocessor. Both were released in 1971.

Boone left TI the following year to join Litronix, in Cupertino, Calif., where he designed microcontrollers for calculators and wristwatches. In 1977 Boone joined the electronics division at Ford Motor Co., in Dearborn, Mich., where he worked on early automotive powertrain and electronic control systems.

In 1982 Boone founded Micro Methods, a consulting firm that provided patent portfolio analysis and patent litigation assistance to semiconductor companies. He became a registered patent agent in 1991. Boone was a member of the IEEE Computer Society.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Rose Polytechnic Institute (now Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology), in Terre Haute, Ind.

For more on Boone’s life and career, visit the IEEE Global History Network.


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Robert D. Hunsucker
Professor emeritus
Fellow, 83; died 6 January

Hunsucker was professor emeritus in the physics and electrical engineering department at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.

In 1958 he became a research scientist in Fairbanks, where he worked with ionosondes, a type of radar used to examine the ionosphere. He left Alaska in 1964 to join the Central Radio Propagation Division of the U.S. National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology), in Boulder, Colo.

He returned to Fairbanks in 1971 and became a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Alaska. An expert on radio wave propagation, Hunsucker also studied the effects of atmospheric gravity waves on the ionosphere and wrote more than 150 research papers on the subject. He was named professor emeritus in 1995.

Hunsucker was an associate editor of the journal Radio Science from 1992 to 1995 and served as its editor in chief from 1995 to 2002.

He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees—both in physics—in 1954 and 1958 from Oregon State University, in Corvallis. He earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado, in Denver.

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