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Computer science educator

Jerre Donald Noe, American Computer science educator. Technology director, development 1st computer for banking industry Bank American ERMA system, 1950-1956. Member Association Computing Machinery, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. (national chairman professional group electronic computers 1956-1957), Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi.

Background

Noe, Jerre Donald was born on February 1, 1923 in McCloud, California, United States. Son of Charles J. and Mae H. Noe.

Education

Stationed in Europe during World War II, he conducted research and development related to radar, before returning to California to complete a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Stanford University.

Career

In the 1950s, he led the technical team for the ERMA project, the Bank of America's first venture into computerized banking. In 1968 he became the first chair of the University of Washington's Computer Science Group, which later evolved into the Computer Science and Engineering Department. He received a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

During the 1950s, Noe served as the Assistant Director of Engineering at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International), during which time he led the technical team for the Electronic Recording Machine, Accounting (ERMA) project. In 1968 he was recruited by the University of Washington to chair its newly founded Computer Science Group, a role in which he continued until 1976. Initially, this was mainly a graduate department but in 1975 it introduced a baccalaureate program.

In the early 1980s, Noe directed the Eden Project, the first recipient of the National Science Foundation's Coordinated Experimental Research Program award, which brought U.W. into the first rank of Computer Science departments. After retirement from the department in 1989, Noe continued a very active life until shortly before his 2005 death from peritoneal mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos that attacks the lining of the abdomen. He was also an avid flautist, sailor and skier into his eighties.

Achievements

  • Noe and the ERMA team were honored by SRI in 2001 with the Weldon B. Gibson Achievement Award for their work.

Membership

Member Association Computing Machinery, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. (national chairman professional group electronic computers 1956-1957), Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi.

Connections

Married Mary A. Ward, October 20, 1943 (deceased). Children: M. Sherill (Mistress Michael F. Roberts), Jeffrey W., Russell H. Married Margarete Wöhlert, September 10, 1983.

father:
Charles J.

mother:
Mae H. Noe

spouses:
Mary A. Ward

Margarete Wöhlert

children:
M. Sherill Noe (Mistress Michael F. Roberts)

Jeffrey W. Noe

Russell H. Noe