In Memoriam

John Douglas Adam
John Douglas Adam

John Douglas Adam 1943 – 2018 died after a sudden illness. Born in Scotland, he received his PhD in EE at the University of Glasow, UK. H immigrated to the USA in 1977 and went to work at Westinghouse Corp. (now Northrup Grumman). There he was heavily involved with R&D of state-of-the-art signal processing devices. That included MEMS, FSL, YIG, ceramics, to name a few. As a result of this work he was awarded 20 patents, has authored 70 publications and is an IEEE Fellow. He was also involved with the MTT and served on the TPRC, chaired the Technical Coordinating Committee, and was the 2011 IMS vice-chair in Baltimore.

Hatsuaki Fukui
Hatsuaki Fukui

Dr. Hatsuaki Fukui, 1927-2018 was born in Yokohama, Japan. He received his degrees at colleges in Osaka, Japan. His extensive range of research projects spanned from electron tubes to exotic solid state devices. In 1955 he joined Sony Corp to work on semiconductors and is regarded as the pioneer for the all-transistor TV. In October 1962, Dr. Fukui moved to the US to join Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, He worked on microwave transistor amplifiers, Ge and Si transistors, GaAs bulk-effect devices and Si avalanche diodes. He was the manager of the group developing advanced consumer products and was also involved with long wavelength lasers for under sea communications. He retired from the AT&T Bell Laboratories at the end of 1989.

Dr. Fukui authored 40 papers and a book and received the first Microwave Pioneer Award. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and a significant contributor to the MTT and other IEEE societies.

George P. Rodrigue

George Pierre “Pete” Rodrigue 1931 – 2018 devoted 28 years of his career teaching electrical engineering at Georgia Tech until he retired in 1996. Dr. Rodrigue grew up in Louisiana and earned his PhD in applied physics from Harvard University. At Georgia Tech he was repeatedly recognized as the department’s outstanding teacher. Prior to his working in academia, he was a research scientist and a consultant to many prominent organizations in industry, the national labs and the Supercollider Laboratory. He was very supportive of the MTT by serving on several committees involving membership, long range planning and IEEE liaison. He was chairman twice of the IMS – 1974 and again in 1993. He was an avid sailor and enjoyed the performing arts.

Terence H. Oxley
Terence H. Oxley

Terence (Terry) Hunter Oxley was born on the 15th July 1923 at St. Leonards-On-Sea (Hastings) Sussex, England and passed away on 7th August 2018. At age 18, Terry joined the Royal Navy and served as a commissioned officer. From 1946 to 1951 he attended Northampton Polytechnic (now City Univ.) London, and received the National Certificates in Applied Physics. In 1973 he received the Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.). From 1946 to 1988 Terry worked for GEC Research Laboratories, later GEC Hirst Research Center, and GEC Marconi Research Center and after retirement in 1988 he continued as a consultant.

Terry’s career focused on state-of-the-art low noise receiver technology including: waveguide point-contact diode era and then advancing through the hybrid microwave integrated circuit (MlC) to the monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC). He authored or co-authored 100 scientific/technical publications and was active in many professional societies. He was elected to IEEE fellow in 1992.

Barry S. Perlman
Barry S. Perlman

Dr. Barry Stuart Perlman 1939-2018 was a remarkably gifted person. He went to college at the age of 15 and received a Masters Degree at the age of 19. In his career he made numerous technical contributions in communications, remote sensing, computing, controls and Elint. He was a science advisor to DARPA and the associate director os the US Army Communications R&D Center at Fort Monmouth. Prior to joining the government he was an advisor to many academic institutions, defense agencies, STEM initiative and Connection One, a National Science Foundation (NSF) industry and university cooperative research center based at Arizona State University. He is listed in several categories of Who’s Who including Who’s Who in Science.

In his latter years he suffered with a severe disability but never saw himself as a victim. He is an IEEE Fellow and dedicated many years of service to the MTT. Barry served on many committees and is an MTT-S Past-President.

Lawrence R. Whicker
Lawrence R. Whicker

Dr. Lawrence (Larry) Whicker, born on October 3, 1934 and died on June 21, 2018. He received his B.S. (1957) and M.S. degree (1957) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. degree (1964) from Purdue University. Dr. Whicker worked at Sperry Microwave, Naval Research Lavatory in Washington DC, and Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Baltimore, MD. He retired in 1995 and was active an administrator for the MTT and UFFC Societies and was an Adjunct Professor at the University of North-Carolina-Charlotte.

His technical work made significant contributions to the development of active and passive phased-array radar systems. Dr. Whicker published over 100 papers in Ferrite Control Components and in Active Array Technology. Dr. Whicker served as President of the MTT-Society in 1977, and as General Chair of the 1976 Ultrasonic Symposium and 1980 MTT-S Symposium. He was made a Fellow of the IEEE in 1980.

Tom Brazil
Tom Brazil

Tom Brazil (1952 – 2018) devoted his time and energy to academia at the University College Dublin, Ireland and was highly praised by his students and colleagues. Prior to that he worked at Plessey Research in the UK. He was a Fellow of the IEEE and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He had vast amount of achievements and accolades. He was also an organizer/contributor to numerous workshops, focused sessions, tutorials, panels, etc. He was the Chairman of the IMS sister conference, EuMC in 2006. He became a member of AdCom in 2010, then served on or chaired many committees, and was the sitting President of the MTT-S at the time of his death.