Bertram Herzog

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Bertram Herzog Computer graphics pioneer, Bertram Herzog (Bert) passed away on July 11, 2008 after a brief illness at his home in Tucson Arizona. He was 79. He was a founding father of ACM SIGGRAPH, a computer graphics professional society, which recognized him with an Outstanding Service Award in 2002 for his strategic, technical and managerial contributions in that field. Born in Germany in 1929, he was one of the Jewish children saved by the Kindertransport, a rescue operation for Jewish children, and spent the war in England, emigrating to the United States in 1946 and ultimately became a United States Citizen. After earning his Master's in Engineering Mechanics from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio he moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan with his first wife, Lois Gordon, to earn his PhD. A professor of engineering at the University of Michigan from 1962 to 1975, he moved to Boulder, Colorado with his second wife, Alice Kathryn Yager to serve as Director Of the University Computing Center and as a Professor of Engineering and Computer Graphics at the University of Colorado. In 1981 he moved into the private sector while remaining in Boulder. In 1987 he returned to the University of Michigan to serve as Director for the Center of Information Technology until 1992. He remained at the University of Michigan as an adjunct Professor until his retirement, while also working in various capacities for the Fruanhoffer Institute in Providence, Rhode Island and Darmstadt, Germany. Bert and his third and surviving wife, the former Etta Jo Cleaver Vranesh, moved to their retirement home in the Academy Village, which was founded by former University of Arizona president, Henry Koffler. Bert was an active and much loved member of that community, which is dedicated to life long learning. Bert was a citizen of the world with family, friends, and colleagues in Europe, Asia and Israel. He loved stimulating conversations with family and friends over gourmet cuisine and excellent wines. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Linda Ruth (Roderick Lorey) Herzog of Tucson, Arizona, Janice Kaye Herzog of Oakland, California, Alice Marla (Hendrik) Gordenker of Tokyo, Japan, three grandchildren, three great grandchildren, five step-children and four step-grandchildren. A celebration of his life is being held on August 3, 2008. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his memory to Kindertransport Association c/o Kurt Golberger, 36 Dean Street, Hicksville, NY 11801 or to another charitable organization of your choice. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Aug. 3, 2008