|January 2007 Vol. 77, no. 1S
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A Great Man of Incomparable Vision
On January 2, at the age of 55, Dean A. Richard Newton passed away only two months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He will be greatly missed.
Newton was a visionary leader, dynamic entrepreneur and educator with a passion for life and a desire to make our world a better place. His 32-year career with the College of Engineering began when he first came to Berkeley as a doctoral student. He earned his Ph.D. in 1978 and joined the EECS faculty later that same year. In 2000 he was appointed dean and Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering.
Richard Newton’s accomplishments and contributions are many; the account contained in the following pages just scratches the surface. We begin with the memories of one student, who speaks for so many of us as we mourn the passing of a great engineer and a great leader.
Campus Celebration to be Announced
A celebration of Dean Newton's life will be held later this semester detail will be posted at www.coe.berkeley.edu when available. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Berkeley Center for Synthetic Biology in Newton's memory; these gifts will fund an endowment in his name. Go to http://givetocal.berkeley.edu for details on how to give.
Berkeley has lost a great leader and a great man with the passing
of the Dean of the College of Engineering, A. Richard Newton. I was
privileged to befriend Dean Newton when I served as ASUC President
in 2004–05 while a student in his College, and I am writing this
remembrance because I do not know how better to pay tribute to a man
who put so much of himself into Cal than to share a few immediate and
still-stunned thoughts with his beloved campus.
A. Richard Newton, EECS professor and dean of Berkeley’s
College of Engineering was a pioneer in electronic design automation and
integrated circuit design and a visionary leader in the technology industry.
“I will never forget the first time I met Richard.
I was very impressed by his kindness and knowledge. He strongly suggested
pursuing a Ph.D., and later became my research advisor in EECS. I could
regularly drop by his office and talk about my research progress, despite
his tight schedule. I felt so lucky. He always welcomed me warmly,
saying, ‘NiHao’ [‘hello’ in Chinese]. It is
he who taught me how to turn general research proposals into good scientific
research with potential applications and impacts for industry. I thank
him for being such a kind, considerate and loving advisor and friend.
He will always have a special place in my heart and memory.”
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