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May 07, 2015
Dr. Attala was Chair of the Computer Science Department when I obtained my Masters in Computer Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He could be an imposing and imperious figure! I'll never forget him! I had a one on one with him in his office and it was nip and tuck for me!
September 30, 2013
I was very saddened today when I googled Emile's name and came up with this obit.

Emile and I were friends and worked together on the Apollo Moon project back in the mid 60's at TRW in Redondo Beach. We spent many hours during and after work discussing a wide range of topics. We also shared an interest in theater and even started writing a play together. We both came to the conclusion that it is much easier to critic a play than to write one!

I last saw Emile after he and his family moved up the coast when he took the teaching position.
Emile was a class act and a good friend with a big heart. I will always remember him with a great deal of fondness.
January 03, 2008
I was doing random search on google and found this page. I started reading what everyone has been writting about Emile and it really touched me. I am really happy to see he had a great influence on many people, helped you finding your interests and make some of you smile even when you weren't feeling good. Because I lived on the other side of the continent, I only met my uncle a few times...but I will always remember him as being a great man.
June 24, 2007
My sadness in hearing of Emile's death is tempered by the knowing I have of how much he gave me during his life. I, too, met Emile in Csc 221. I loved that class and Emile. When I had my closest connection to Emile and his wonderful family was during our practicum project with Control Data. Jackie Bayne and I had pretty much taken control of the written part. When we submitted it to Emile for review, I thought we had a masterpeice. As he read it, he just shook his head in despair. The told us the English was terrible. He proceded over the next few days, to go over every sentence with us and teach us what our mistakes were and how to correct them. Emile, for whom English was a second language, taught me how to write well! During my visits to the house I got to know Pat, who was probably the most loving person I have ever known, and the boys, partly from seeing them in person and also from Emile's endearing stories. My relationship with this wonderful family continued to grow throughout the years I taught at Cal Poly, during most of which Emile was Department Head. If I had to pick Emile's greatest gift to me, I 'd have to say it was his giggles. He never faileed, when I would become bogged down by worry or stress, to get me to release my grip on the seriousness of my situation with one of his charming anecdotes infused with his wonderful giggles. Ed and John, my heart goes out to you and your families. As sad as their passings have been, you received the greatest gift of life: loving parents. It has always been evident in the two of you. I could feel it from the first moment I met you. You are passing that on to your children and all the other people you touch in your lives. I thank you and your very special parents. With much love, May
June 21, 2007
Emile was always thinking about how to provide his students with better learning opportunities. I met him when I was at HP and he was looking for industry partnerships to augment student experiences at Cal Poly. Not only did we work together to implement his goals, but we became friends in the process. I will miss him and send my deepest condolences to his family, whom he loved deeply and about whom he was always ready to brag and share stories.
June 21, 2007
I first met Emile when I took his CSc 221 assembly language programming, machine architecture class. I was late for the final when I didn't hear my alarm clock in Yosemite Hall (too many all nighters leading up to finals). Emile allowed me to take the final after I was coherent if I promised to become his first "reader" and grade papers in his classes.

I enjoyed the rest of my undergraduate years working with him on Computer Assisted Instruction research, occasionally babysitting his twin sons, and I even helped teach him COBOL programming so that he could teach that class.

Emile helped my get my first job at TRW after I graduated in June 1973. When Emile started the Computer Science Industry Advisory Council, he invited me to be a part of helping the department (which I still love doing today). Staying on the IAC even after Emile retired allowed me extra visits with him when I came down to Cal Poly for meetings, or was just passing through town.

Emile was my "second father". He was my mentor, advisor. I am so blessed that he gave me that chance to show what I could do with computers. I am still a programmer today, 38 years later, and still love the thrill of it all.

Thank you Emile! Thank you dad.

David I
June 20, 2007
There are those people who really make differences and touch others, Emile was truely one of those people. His kindness and engaging personality will be truely missed. He was a big influence on me and a friend. I am thankful to have known such a man.
June 20, 2007
I am who I am today because of this man. He saw my potential as an engineer and nurtured my interests. He introduced me to the ideas and vision of the arts. He's one of the most fascinating people I've ever met. He wasn't just my teacher; he became part of my family. I will always remember.
June 20, 2007
A beautiful man. I was a student charmed by his fun and goodness.

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