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Jeffrey Arthur Fox April 5, 1949 - May 4, 2011 Jeffrey Arthur Fox, a long-time resident of Berkeley, California, died peacefully at his home on May 4th of sudden cardiac arrest. He was recovering from a recent hospitalization for heart failure. Born in Des Moines, Iowa to the late Wayne and Joyce Fox, Jeff was raised in the Des Moines area with his brother and two sisters. He graduated from Valley High School (Class of 1967). A powerful and persuasive speaker and as president of the Debate Club, he lead the Valley High debate team in many championship victories. He attended Southern Methodist University and the University of Iowa. After college, he moved to Northern California to pursue a career in the computer industry. Back in the 1970's, Jeff believed that FORTH was a great computer language. Active in the Forth Interest Group and FORML conferences, he often taped their proceedings and was a frequent critic of the comp.lang.forth newsgroup. His company website, www.UltraTechnology.com, documents many of his visions, studies and achievements during his long computer career. In the 1990's, he worked with Chuck Moore designing Forth computer chips and some of these chips were used by telecommunication and Internet companies. Jeff commissioned Chuck Moore to support parallel computing by designing the F21 chip. Most recently, Jeff supported IntellaSys and GreenArrays in making multicomputer chips. As a practitioner of the martial art aikido, Jeff achieved the rank of 5th degree black belt. He taught an aikido children's class in Berkeley on Saturday mornings for many years. He relished teaching children aikido techniques and monitoring their progress. He was passionate about soaring over the landscape of California in his Stemme sailplane. He enjoyed motoring in his Lotus motorcars (of which he had owned four). He collected an extensive library of movies and vintage television shows. Jeff's brilliance and irrepressible sense of humor made him excellent company and his friendship was highly prized. One always learned something interesting when visiting with Jeff. Jeff is survived by his brother, Craig Fox of Des Moines, Iowa; his two sisters, Sheila Fox. and Melanie Fox of Honolulu, Hawaii; his brother-in-law Frank Poveromo of Honolulu, Hawaii; nieces Melissa and Megan Manfredonia and nephew Taylor O'Connor; his ex-wife Jane Fox of Berkeley, California; his uncle Ed Fox and aunt Bobby Fox of Northfield, Minnesota; his stepbrothers David Newell of Dallas, Texas and Bruce Newell of Conway, South Carolina; his stepsister Kristen Putnam of Omaha, Nebraska. As per Jeff's wishes, no memorial services were held. Donations in his honor may be made to the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society, Attn: Development Department, 2700 Ninth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710. Jeff was a great lover of cats. He often referred to his cats as his four-legged children. His favorite cat Buffy preceded him in death in 2010. May Jeff and Buffy rest in peace together in the palm of God's hand.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 5, 2011
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