In Memoriam: June 2011

IEEE mourns the loss of the following members

7 June 2011




AGE: 92

DIED: 25 January

W. Crawford Dunlap Jr. was a researcher in physics and solid-state electronics.

He began his career in 1942 as an assistant physicist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, studying methods of producing freeze-dried vegetables for the military. He left in 1945 to work at General Electric Research Labs, in Schenectady, N.Y. In 1955 he became a consulting physicist there, and he left one year later to be a supervisor of solid-state research at Bendix Research Labs—a division of Bendix Aviation Corp., which manufactured aircraft and automobile parts—in Southfield, Mich. In 1958, he left to become a director of solid-state electronics research at Raytheon Co. in Waltham, Mass.

In 1968, he became assistant director of electronic components research at the NASA Electronics Research Center, in Cambridge, Mass. Two years later, the facility was taken over by the U.S. Department of Transportation, and he became scientific advisor to the director there. He retired in 1974.

Dunlap was an active IEEE volunteer. From 1959 to 1993, he was editor in chief of IEEE Solid-State Electronics. He was director of IEEE Region 1 in 1966 and 1967, and in 1968 he served on the IEEE Nominations and Appointments Committee.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and chemistry in 1938 from the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, and a doctorate in physics in 1943 from the University of California at Berkeley.


Ken Olsen


Computer industry entrepreneur


AGE: 84

DIED: 6 February

Kenneth Olsen cofounded Digital Equipment Corp. in 1957 in Maynard, Mass. By the late 1980s, DEC was the world’s second largest computer company, after IBM.

Olsen began his career in 1950 at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, in Lexington, Mass., where he researched interactive computing. He founded DEC with Harlan Anderson, a Lincoln Lab colleague. From 1965 to 1984, DEC produced the PDP-8, the world’s first mass-produced minicomputer. The PDP-11, introduced in 1970, became the most popular minicomputer line in history at that time. The computers were alternatives to the multimillion-dollar mainframe behemoths being sold by IBM to corporate customers. The minicomputers were marketed to research laboratories, engineering companies, and industries requiring heavy computer use.

Olsen retired in 1992. He later helped establish a science center at Gordon College, in Wenham, Mass., that is named after him.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in 1950 and a master’s degree in 1952 from MIT, both in electrical engineering.





AGE: 83

DIED: 11 February

Vincent L. Goodman was an electrical engineer and entrepreneur.

He began his career in the 1950s when he joined L.N. Goodman and Associates, his father’s electrical engineering firm, in Metairie, La. Goodman became its owner and president in the early 1970s and changed the name to Goodman Engineers. Under his leadership, the company took on many engineering projects at what is now the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, as well as a number of churches and hotels in Louisiana. Goodman retired in the early 1990s.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Tulane University, in New Orleans.


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