In Memoriam: October 2015

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

28 October 2015

Arthur Goldsmith

Former director, IEEE Division VI

Life Senior Member, 99; died 23 December 2014

Goldsmith was director of IEEE Division VI from 1989 to 1990 and during his career held several other IEEE leadership positions, including the presidency of the IEEE Engineering Management Society (now the IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society) from 1968 to 1970.

Goldsmith spent 15 years in the U.S. Navy and another 16 in the U.S. Navy Reserves. He received a Bronze Star for his service in World War II and retired as a captain.

After the Navy, he worked as chief of engineering at Motorola’s Military Communications Division, in Schaumburg, Ill., and deputy director of communications applications at Computer Sciences Corp., an IT company, in Falls Church, Va. Goldsmith also served as chief of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Technical Division from 1968 to 1979, where he oversaw radio navigation and radio communication efforts.

He was a member of the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems, IEEE Computer, and IEEE Vehicular Technology societies.

Goldsmith received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 1944 from the Illinois Institute of Technology, in Chicago, and a master’s degree in business administration in 1960 from Stanford.


Derio Dalasta

Electrical engineer

Life Fellow, 94; died 12 May

For much of his career, Dalasta was an electrical engineer in the Philadelphia office of Brown Boveri (now ITE Gould), a Swiss electronics company.

He served in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant and in 1945 went to work as an engineer at Allis-Chalmers, a farm equipment company, in Milwaukee. He left in 1964 to join Brown Boveri and helped form the company’s relay division.

Dalasta was elevated to IEEE Fellow in 1987 for “advancing the art and science of solid-state protective relaying from development through application.”

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1941 from the University of Iowa, in Iowa City.


Sarah L. Green

Electrical engineer

Member, 52; died 5 June

Green was an electrical engineer at Boeing, in Huntsville, Ala., for 28 years. She left there in 2010.

She received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1985 from the University of Alabama, also in Huntsville. Green also earned a master’s degree in computer and information science from the online University of Phoenix.


Raimundo D’Aquila

Former chair, IEEE Argentina Section

Senior Member, 74; died 19 June

D’Aquila was chair of the IEEE Argentina Section from 2007 to 2008. He was also president of the section’s IEEE Computer Society chapter from 2004 to 2006.

In 1964, he joined the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) as a professor of mathematics and physics. While at the school, he also worked for Philips Electronics in Buenos Aires, where he designed audio, TV, and digital circuits. In 1983, D’Aquila began to focus his academic research on artificial intelligence, and in 1990 he led the development of the master’s degree program in AI at Universidad Caece, also in Buenos Aires.

D’Aquila received a master’s degree in electronics engineering in 1964 from UBA. He earned a Ph.D. in 1997 from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.


Oscar Carlos Fernandez

Cofounder, IEEE Argentina Section

Life Senior Member, 100; died 11 July

Fernandez cofounded the IRE (Institute of Radio Engineers) Buenos Aires Section—now the IEEE Argentina Section—in 1939. IRE was one of IEEE’s predecessor societies.

He was the director of IEEE Region 9 (Latin America) in 1980. In 2006, Fernandez was the first recipient of the IEEE Regional Activities Board (RAB) Discretionary Award, which is presented to “special volunteers—those who go above and beyond for IEEE.” (RAB is now the IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board.) In 1995, he was the first to receive the IEEE Region 9 Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Fernandez began his career as a radio engineer in 1935 for Transradio, an international radio communications company, in Buenos Aires. He remained there until the company closed in 1970. Later, Fernandez served as an engineering manager at Sistemas de Comunicación, a subsidiary of Motorola, where he led radio communications projects for the Argentine government.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of La Plata, in Buenos Aires.

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