In Memoriam: February 2011

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

4 February 2011

William M. Leach Jr.
Professor of electrical and computer engineering
Life Fellow, 70; died 20 November

William M. Leach Jr. was an electrical and computer engineering professor at Georgia Tech University.

He joined the university in 1972 as a professor, teaching courses on electromagnetics, microsystems, and electronic design and applications. He was also an advisor for Georgia Tech’s IEEE student branch from 1972 to 1982 and again from 2003 to 2006, and was still on the faculty at the time of his death.

Leach earned a bachelor’s degree in 1962 and a master’s degree in 1964, both in electrical engineering from the University of South Carolina, in Columbia. He earned a Ph.D. in 1972 in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech.


C. Norman Winningstad
Electrical engineer and entrepreneur
Life Senior Member, 85; died 24 November

C. Norman Winningstad was an entrepreneur who founded several companies in Oregon.

He began his career in the early 1950s at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, now the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in California. He left there in 1958 to join the electronic instruments manufacturer Tektronix, in Beaverton, Ore., where he worked on developing oscilloscopes. He left in 1970 to start Floating Point Systems, a computer manufacturer, also in Beaverton. He went on to cofound companies that included Lattice Semiconductor Corp., a manufacturer of programmable logic devices, in Hillsboro, and joystick manufacturer Thrustmaster, also in Hillsboro. He recently formed Moderator Systems Inc., in Newport, to develop a product that records police interactions during traffic incidents.

Winningstad received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1948 from the University of California at Berkeley. He earned a master’s degree in 1973 in business administration from Portland State University, in Oregon.

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