Gerald Lawrence (Jerry) Engel, an ACM Fellow and recipient of the prestigious ACM Distinguished Service Award, passed away at Waterbury Hospital in Waterbury, CT, in August at the age of 76.
Engel, born in Cleveland, OH, on July 5, 1942, earned a bachelor of science degree from Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia in 1964, and a master of arts degree from Louisiana State University in 1965. He received a doctorate in education from Penn State University in 1974.
He held teaching and research positions at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Old Dominion University, and Christopher Newport University before joining the University of Connecticut in 1984 as a computer science professor at the University of Connecticut, a post he held for more than three decades.
Engel served on the committee that developed the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB), and also served as the first chair of the Computing Sciences Accreditation Commission. He was instrumental in the development of the integration of CSAB and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
A member of ACM for decades, Engel was awarded the ACM Distinguished Service Award for 1991 for "lasting contributions to the computing profession" for "his diligence and singular leadership in computer science curricula development and accreditation, national and international conferences, and technical journal founding and development."
The citation for his Distinguished Service Award cited his "work on curriculum development for undergraduate and graduate computer science programs," performed under the aegis of ACM, IEEE Computer Society, AFIPS (the American Federation of Information Processing Societies), and IFIP (the International Federation for Information Processing)."
Engel was named an ACM Fellow in 1994 for his lasting contributions to the computing profession as a result of "his diligence and singular leadership in computer science curricula development and accreditation, national and international conferences, and technical journal founding and development."
Donations in Engel's memory can be made to the Alzheimer's Association at alz.org/donate overview.asp, or mailed to Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011.
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