In Memoriam: May 2014

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

28 May 2014
Obitettlinger Photo: CBS

Adrian Ettlinger
Pioneer of broadcast and video-editing technology
Life Senior Member, 88; died 23 October

Ettlinger was an engineer for CBS, in New York City, where he developed a number of television replay and video-editing systems—one of which earned him a Technology and Engineering Emmy Award in 1985 from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

He joined the broadcasting company in the late 1940s. By 1961 Ettlinger was leading the development of the first computerized on-air television switching- control system for switching among the components of different television programs. He was project coordinator for the CMX 600, the first nonlinear video-editing system that did not require cutting and splicing film or tape, which debuted in 1971. In 1985 Ettlinger and his colleagues received the Emmy for the first computer-controlled theater lighting system to rely on a video display.

Ettlinger received the 1976 David Sarnoff Medal from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He was recognized for “important contributions to the application of computers to on-air television station switching control, for conceiving of the application of videodisc stop-action systems to sports broadcasts, and for contributions to computer control of studio lighting systems and videotape editing systems.”

He was a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology, Computer, and Consumer Electronics societies.

Ettlinger earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1944 from Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Ind.


ObitBarker Photo: U.S. Air Force

Robert J. Barker
Plasma science researcher
Fellow, 64; died 15 December

Barker was a strong supporter of research and education in the field of high-power microwave technology.

After earning a Ph.D. in applied physics in 1978 from Stanford University, Barker spent the following year as a policy affairs Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institute, a public policy think tank. He then served one year as a U.S. congressional staff member, in Washington, D.C. He left in 1981 to become a researcher at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, also in Washington. He left in 1984 to join Mission Research Corp. (now ATK Mission Systems), a national security technology company, in Santa Barbara, Calif., to work as a computational plasma physicist.

During this time he also served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, and eventually was assigned to the physics directorate of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, in Arlington, Va. He was promoted to colonel in 1989. Later, he was hired as a program manager in the plasma science division of the Air Force Research Laboratory, in Albuquerque. He was in charge of allocating federal funds for research in such areas as relativistic magnetrons and vacuum electronic devices, as well as biomedical applications for plasma and pulsed-power technology. He also helped strengthen ties between the laboratory and several universities that had high-power-microwave research programs. Barker was elevated to AFRL fellow in 1998. He retired in 2010.

Barker was active in the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society. He served on its executive committee from 1994 to 1995 and was a frequent guest editor of the IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science. In 2009 Barker received the society’s Plasma Science and Applications Award for “more than two decades of visionary leadership in the fields of nonequilibrium air plasmas, compact pulsed power, and high-power microwave/millimeter-wave electronics.”

He received a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1971 from Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, N.J.


obitCleary Photo: Legacy.com

Kevin Cleary
Founding member of the IEEE Professional Communication Society, Japan Chapter
Member, 51; died 16 January

Cleary was a founding member and cochair of the IEEE Professional Communication Society, Japan chapter. He also served as the society’s secretary from 2010 to 2013 and was the chapter’s Web master from 2008 to 2009. He died following a heart attack.

He was born in Bartlesville, Okla., and lived in Japan for more than 20 years. Cleary began teaching financial and managerial accounting in 1988 at Loyola University of Chicago. He moved to Japan in 1991 and taught English at Sophia University Community College, in Yotsuya. Two years later he began lecturing on business, computer science, and Web design at the college. In 2008 Cleary became an associate professor in the Tokyo Medical and Dental University’s International Exchange Center, where he taught English.

He was also president of the Japan Association of Language Teaching, a group that provides professional development training to thousands of teachers. Cleary joined the association in 2002 and was elected president in 2010. He also coauthored 14 textbooks designed to teach Japanese students essential English phrases to prepare them for travel and study abroad.

Cleary earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and economics from Oklahoma State University, in Stillwater. He went on to earn a law degree in 1988 from the University of Chicago.


obitEvans Photo: Legacy.com

Charles Clark Cannelin Evans
Product development consultant
Life Senior Member, 76; died 17 January

Evans was a consultant who provided technical and managerial services for new product development.

He began his career as a development engineer in 1961 at General Radio Co., in Concord, Mass. In 1978 he left to become an engineering manager at Teradyne Inc., a manufacturer of automatic test equipment, in North Reading, Mass. He returned to General Radio in 1988 as program director, before leaving in 1992 to become a consultant.

Evans earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


obitGreenway Photo: Jennifer Thornton

Thomas H. Greenway Jr.
Telecommunications engineer
Life Member, 84; died 17 February

Greenway was a telecommunications engineer at Lockheed Martin, in Marion, Mass. He helped install telecommunications systems at several U.S. landmarks, including the Willis Tower, in Chicago, and the Empire State Building and World Trade Center towers, in New York City. Greenway retired from Lockheed in 1993.

He was a member of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation, Broadcast Technology, Microwave Theory and Techniques, and Oceanic Engineering societies.

Greenway received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tufts University, in Medford, Mass., and a master’s degree in EE from MIT.

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