GRISWOLD, Madge Turner, author, historian, and genealogist, died November 25, 2007 at her home in Tucson. The cause of death was complications from breast cancer, which she fought bravely for the last eight years. Madge Elaine Turner was born on December 3, 1941 in Fulton, New York, the daughter of James Munson Turner and Virginia Jane Sperry. She received her BA degree with majors in history and journalism from Syracuse University and an MA degree in history from The University of Arizona. Between pursuing those degrees, from the mid 1960's through 1971, Griswold was a technical writer with Bell Telephone Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey. Subsequently she became a freelance writer, working out of Tucson. Griswold was the author of numerous books and articles, largely in the fields of food, food history, and computer science. Among her culinary works was A Cook's Tour of Tucson, as well as the "Arizona and New Mexico" section of Culinaria, The United States, and coauthor of its "Texas" section. Among the computer science works are The SNOBOL 4 Primer and The Icon Programming Language (both with husband Ralph Edward Griswold), which helped popularize the two influential computer programming languages. Griswold was also an avid volunteer for her communities, for example volunteering at Tucson Medical Center in the 1970's and later for the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP). Griswold's husband, Ralph, preceded her in death, passing in October 2006. She is survived by a step son, William Gale Griswold (wife, Maureen Feeley) and their two children Atticus Joseph Edward Griswold and Hannah Ciona Feeley Griswold of San Diego, California; and a step daughter, Rebecca Griswold Reid (husband, Brian) and their children Kathryn Ann Reid and Emily Rose Reid of Coupeville, Washington. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, December 15, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Tucson. In lieu of flowers, in accordance with Ms. Griswold's wishes the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Published in Arizona Daily Star from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, 2007.