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Shreveport - A graveside service celebrating the life of Harvey G. Cragon will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Greenwood Memorial Park, 2202 Military Highway, Pineville, LA., 71360, under the direction of Hixson Brothers Funeral Homes, Alexandria, LA.
Harvey G. Cragon, 89, of Shreveport, was born April 21, 1929, and departed this life on Friday, September 7, 2018, at Village Healthcare at The Glen, Shreveport, LA.
Harvey attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA and earned a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1950, the same year he married the love of his life, Henrietta Herbert Cragon on September 7. He then worked for Southern Bell Telephone Company in New Orleans, LA and was in the US Army for two years in a tank unit that tested infrared night vision devices in the Mojave Desert during the Korean War. In 1953 he joined Hughes aircraft in Los Angeles, California, where he worked on automated air defense. This was his entry into the field of Digital computers and engineering in digital instrumentation.
During his distinguished career, he spent 25 years with Texas Instruments as an Engineer and Senior Fellow. He is known for his work designing and constructing the first integrated-circuit computer and the first TTL computer.
After 25 years with Texas Instruments, Harvey left to teach and held the Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Centennial Chair in Engineering in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin for fifteen years. He followed as Professor Emeritus at UT Austin and was a visiting professor at SMU and UT Dallas.
In 1984, he received the IEEE Emanuel R. Piore Award and in 1986, Cragon was the recipient of the Eckert-Mauchly Award, "For major contributions to computer architecture and for pioneering the application of integrated circuits for computer purposes and for serving as architect of the Texas Instruments scientific computer and for playing a leading role in many other computing developments in that company." Cragon was a member of several organizations including The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas.
Prior to living in Shreveport, La., Harvey and his wife Henrietta had lived in Dallas, TX for many years and made major contributions to the Presbyterian Village North. Harvey served for two years on the PVN Board of Trustees. He began serving on the PVN Foundation Board in 2006, becoming Chairman in 2008. He served as Advisor to the Board and his keen insight was an invaluable asset to the Foundation.
He is preceded in death by parents, Miller M. Cragon, Sr. and Lou Willie Bond Cragon; brothers, Reverend Canon Miller Cragon, Jr. and William Louis Cragon.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 68 years, Henrietta Herbert Cragon; brother, Blythe Bond Cragon; numerous nieces and nephews and friends.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to a charity organization of your choice.
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