RETROSPECTIVE
In Memoriam
A look back at friends and colleagues who left us in 2020.
Frances “Fran” Allen, 88, computing pioneer, first female IBM Fellow, Turing Award winner.

Preston Averette, 71, founder and owner of Photo Chemical Systems.

Danny Carr, 65, CAM software engineer and founder of Everything PCB.

Chen Sheng-wei (陳昇瑋), 44, Taiwan Artificial Intelligence Academy CEO who helped bring AI to PCB CAD.

Arvelee Church, 84, Martin-Marietta Aerospace soldering instructor.

Julian Coates, 62, marketing executive with Valor.

Karl Dietz, Ph.D., PCB materials expert at DuPont and prolific author.

Undisclosed Foxconn worker.

Patty A. Houston, 64, circuit board department worker, General Electric Medical Systems.

Steve Hughes, 60, Stone Mountain Tool manager and SMTA chapter president.

George Floyd Klaus, 89, manufacturing engineer at IBM, Pemstar, Brady Manufacturing, and Benchmark Electronics.

Ronald Scott Laugherty, 51, ex computer programmer, Jabil.

Lee Kun-Hee, 78, Samsung chairman for more than 20 years.

John Lynch, 77, former CEO of Pye Irl, the radio electronics manufacturer.

Mary Jo Mai, 75, circuit board inspector, B.E.I.

Virginia “Jenny” Day McClure, 82, ex circuit board engineer, General Motors.

James D. Meindl, Ph.D., 87, founding director of Stanford’s Integrated Circuits Laboratory, where he developed low-power ICs and sensors.

Eugene U. Merkel, 70, spent 40 years at Kimball Electronics as a test engineer.

Ruth W. Nafis, 78, ex printed circuit tester, RCA Corp.

Warren Lloyd Pepper, 69, ex production supervisor, Benchmark Electronics.

Allen F. Rosenthal, 77, worked at Bureau of Engraving for 41 years.

Irene Elizabeth Schindler, 90, ex circuit board assembly operator, Collins Radio.

Ron E. Sinclair, 90, ex Control Data and Chippewa Falls Laboratories engineer, held patents for printed circuit board design.

George Michael Sousa, 87, founder of Circuit Service, a printed circuit fabricator.

Steve Stiller, 65, owner, Midwest Production Specialists and SMTA chapter president.

Yoshio Tateishi, 80, ex-president of Omron.

Wayne A. Weinsheimer, 78, electronics engineer who owned Professional Assembly & Mfg. Co., an electronics assembly business in Ocala, FL.

Evelyn Carson White, 91, ex printed circuit technician, Packard Electric.

Frances “Fran” Allen, 88, computing pioneer, first female IBM Fellow, Turing Award winner.

Preston Averette, 71, founder and owner of Photo Chemical Systems.

Danny Carr, 65, CAM software engineer and founder of Everything PCB.

Chen Sheng-wei (陳昇瑋), 44, Taiwan Artificial Intelligence Academy CEO who helped bring AI to PCB CAD.

Arvelee Church, 84, Martin-Marietta Aerospace soldering instructor.

Julian Coates, 62, marketing executive with Valor.

Karl Dietz, Ph.D., PCB materials expert at DuPont and prolific author.

Undisclosed Foxconn worker.

Patty A. Houston, 64, circuit board department worker, General Electric Medical Systems.

Steve Hughes, 60, Stone Mountain Tool manager and SMTA chapter president.

George Floyd Klaus, 89, manufacturing engineer at IBM, Pemstar, Brady Manufacturing, and Benchmark Electronics.

Ronald Scott Laugherty, 51, ex computer programmer, Jabil.

Lee Kun-Hee, 78, Samsung chairman for more than 20 years.

John Lynch, 77, former CEO of Pye Irl, the radio electronics manufacturer.

Mary Jo Mai, 75, circuit board inspector, B.E.I.

Virginia “Jenny” Day McClure, 82, ex circuit board engineer, General Motors.

James D. Meindl, Ph.D., 87, founding director of Stanford’s Integrated Circuits Laboratory, where he developed low-power ICs and sensors.

Eugene U. Merkel, 70, spent 40 years at Kimball Electronics as a test engineer.

Ruth W. Nafis, 78, ex printed circuit tester, RCA Corp.

Warren Lloyd Pepper, 69, ex production supervisor, Benchmark Electronics.

Allen F. Rosenthal, 77, worked at Bureau of Engraving for 41 years.

Irene Elizabeth Schindler, 90, ex circuit board assembly operator, Collins Radio.

Ron E. Sinclair, 90, ex Control Data and Chippewa Falls Laboratories engineer, held patents for printed circuit board design.

George Michael Sousa, 87, founder of Circuit Service, a printed circuit fabricator.

Steve Stiller, 65, owner, Midwest Production Specialists and SMTA chapter president.

Yoshio Tateishi, 80, ex-president of Omron.

Wayne A. Weinsheimer, 78, electronics engineer who owned Professional Assembly & Mfg. Co., an electronics assembly business in Ocala, FL.

Evelyn Carson White, 91, ex printed circuit technician, Packard Electric.

Allen Smiling
Computer maven
Allen
Karl Dietz headshot
METALLIZATION MAN
Dietz
Chen Sheng-wei headshot
AI Genius
Sheng-wei
Yoshio Tateishi headshot
Omron Visionary
Tateishi
Lee Kun-Hee headshot
Samsung Leader
Kun-Hee
James D. Meindl headshot
IC Master
Meindl