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JAMES NAIRN PATTERSON (PATT) HUME Patt died peacefully at his home in Toronto with his family at his side on May 9, 2013 at the age of 90. Survived by his devoted wife Patricia Anne Hume (nee Molyneux). He leaves behind children Stephen (Lisa), Philip (Janet), Harriet and Mark. Beloved grandfather to Jeffrey, Stephanie, Ian, Tristan and Elliot. Dear brother of Mary Seedhouse. His cousin Donald MCQuarrie was like a brother. Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Goderich, ON. Attended University of Toronto where he received his BA, MA, and PhD in Physics. He was instrumental in founding the Department of Computer Science in 1964, having worked since 1952 in the development of software for Canada's first electronic computer: the FERUT. He was the Associate Dean for Physical Sciences in the Graduate School 1968 - 72, Chair of the Department of Computer Science from 1975 - 80, and Master of Massey College from 1981 - 1988. Patt is a Member of the Order of Canada, an ACM Fellow, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was recently awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal. He holds a Silver Core Award from IFIP, a Distinguished Service Citation from the American Association of Physics Teachers, and an Award of Merit from the City of Toronto. He was the recipient of the Sandford Fleming Award in 2001. In 2002, he was inducted into the C.I.P.A. Hall of Fame. In 2006 he was granted a Doctor of Science from Queen's University. A longtime member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, President 1976 - 1978, and delighted in his many years directing, writing, and performing in the annual Spring Review. His painting was a lifetime passion. A groundbreaking educator writing and performing many movies including Edison Award winning 'Frames of Reference' and many live TV shows including the first 'Nature of Things'. Author of numerous computer science and physics textbooks. "Pat & Patt" were in their 60th year of marriage and enjoyed many years of cottage, travel, family events and many wonderful friends from the university, the cottage and The Discussion Group. Visitation will be at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto (416-489-8733) on Tuesday, May 14th 6-8 p.m. Funeral service on Wednesday, May 15th at 11 a.m. in the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Massey College.

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Published in the Toronto Star on May 11, 2013