[Published originally in the January 2006 edition of Computing Research News, Vol. 18/No. 1]
Community Mourns Loss of Jerre D. Noe
Jerre D. Noe, the first chair of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, died on November 12, 2005 after a brief illness. He was 82 years old. Under his leadership, UW CSE became one of the strongest computer systems research groups, and one of the top computer science programs, in the world.
A native Californian, Dr. Noe received his Bachelors degree in electrical engineering from UC Berkeley. After conducting radar R&D in Europe during World War II, he received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
Dr. Noe then joined Stanford Research Institute where as Assistant Director of Engineering he led the technical team for the ERMA project, which first computerized banking in the 1950s for Bank of America. Dr. Noe and his ERMA team were honored by SRI in 2001 with the Weldon B. Gibson Achievement Award.
In 1968, Dr. Noe joined the University of Washington as the first Chair of the Computer Science Group and its graduate program, concluding his term in 1976. He guided the Computer Science Group to Sieg Hall, departmental status and the introduction of a Bachelors program in 1975. As a senior faculty member, he directed the Eden Project, the first award in the National Science Foundation's Coordinated Experimental Research program.
After his retirement in 1989, Dr. Noe remained active in the life of the department. University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering is only one of his many legacies. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues, who describe him as “a tough act to follow.”
For additional information on Dr. Noe’s contributions, see http://noe.cs.washington.edu.
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