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Richard G. Shoup
July 30, 1943 - July 18, 2015
Resident of San Jose
Richard (Dick) Shoup, computer graphics pioneer, passed away peacefully at his San Jose home on July 18, after a long battle with lung cancer.
Born July 30, 1943, Dick was a native of western Pennsylvania. He earned a BSEE and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. His Ph.D. thesis was the first to explore programmable logic and reconfigurable hardware, now widely used in computers and consumer electronics. Dick was one of the first employees at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center, where he developed the SuperPaint system, one of the first to use computer animation in television and movies. He received both an Emmy and an Academy Award for this foundational work. In 1979, he left Xerox to found Aurora Systems, a video graphics and animation company. Dick later worked for Interval Research Corporation in Palo Alto and founded the Boundary Institute to further explore a lifelong interest in physics and parapsychology.
An avid musician in his spare time, Dick played jazz trombone for many years in various Big Bands throughout the Bay Area.
Dick was most proud of his family. He leaves behind a wife, Nancy, of San Jose, and four children, son Randall of Pacifica, son Eric and wife Christina of San Mateo, son Alexander of San Jose; and daughter, Celanie, of Pittsburgh, PA. He is also survived by four wonderful grandchildren and a sister, Judith Sharp of Santa Cruz.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1pm on Sunday, August 23 at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the thoracic oncology research fund of Dr. Joel Neal, Stanford Cancer Institute. Please indicate that gifts are in the memory of Richard Shoup for Joel Neal Research-GHBYM. Make checks payable to Stanford University and mail to Stanford University Development Services. P.O. Box 20466, Stanford, CA, 94309-0466, or go online to https://makeagift.stanford.edu.
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on July 26, 2015
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