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newsletter of uw computer science & engineering
volume 15, number 3, winter 2006
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Jerre D. Noe, first chair of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of
Washington, passed away on the evening of November 12, 2005 after a brief battle
with mesothelioma. He was 82 years old.
Born in McCloud, CA, Jerre 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.
Jerre then spent a number of years at Stanford Research Institute, where -- among
many other accomplishments -- 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. The ERMA project instantly revolutionized the world banking
system and made checking accounts practical and reliable. In addition, it was an
engineering achievement of great consequence. Jerre and his ERMA team were
honored by SRI in 2001 with the Weldon B. Gibson Achievement Award.
The Jerre D. Noe