In Memoriam: June 2012

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

7 June 2012

Burkhard Schneider
Senior vice president, Detroit Edison Co.
Member Grade: Life Senior Member
Age: 87; died 2 February

Burkhard “Burk” Schneider worked at Detroit Edison Co., an electric utility serving southeast Michigan, for more than 40 years.

Schneider began working as an engineer for the company in 1947, and spent his entire career there, retiring in 1990 as the company’s senior vice president.

He was an active IEEE volunteer who served as IEEE treasurer and member of the IEEE Board of Directors in 1975 and 1976, and as chair of the IEEE Member Benefits Committee in 1978 and 1979.

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

Schneider received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1947 from Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y.

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James T. Carlo
Former president, IEEE Standards Association
Member Grade: Life Fellow
Age: 66; died 13 February

James T. “Jim” Carlo served as 2004 president of the IEEE Standards Association and as chair of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee from 1996 to 2000.

During his time as president, the IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi and IEEE 802.3 Gigabit Internet standards were published, and the IEEE 802.16 standard, which became the basis for the worldwide deployment of WiMax technology, was initiated.

Carlo, a member of the IEEE Computer and Communications societies, received the 2009 IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award for his pioneering work on IEEE standards for wireless technology.

He worked for 30 years at Texas Instruments, at the company’s Dallas and Houston locations, where he helped develop CCD imagers for NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and became a TI Fellow. For the last 20 years his research focused on token ring LAN networks, in which computers are connected in a ring topology and use a digital token to prevent the collision of data between two computers that attempt to send messages at the same time.

Carlo received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from MIT.

Photo: Palo Alto Online

Donald C. Loughry
Wireless standards pioneer
Member Grade: Life Senior Member
Age: 82; died 22 February

Donald C. Loughry served as IEEE Standards Association president in 1996. He was instrumental in the development of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet LAN standard and the IEEE 802.11 wireless standards, which are now ubiquitous in mobile devices.

For his leadership in IEEE standards initiatives, he received the 2011 IEEE Richard M. Emberson Award and the 2003 IEEE Charles Proteus Steinmetz Award.

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

He began his career in 1952 as an engineer at the U.S. Naval Ordinance Laboratory, in White Oak, Md. He then worked for the U.S. Army Signal Corps for two years before joining Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto, Calif., in 1956. He worked there for 42 years, retiring in 1998 as standards manager.

Loughry received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1952 from Union College, in Schenectady, N.Y.

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