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CIPS expresses our sincere condolences as Pat Hume passes away at the age of 90


CIPS would like to express our sincere condolences to Pat Hume’s friends and family. Pat, who designed the CIPS logo, passed away on May 9th at the age of 90. Pat’s contribution to CIPS will forever be greatly appreciated and he will be certainly missed.



JAMES NAIRN PATTERSON (PATT) HUME NAIRN PATTERSON (PATT) HUME Patt died peacefully at his home in Toronto with his family at his side on May 9, 2013 at the age of 90. Survived by his devoted wife Patricia Anne Hume (nee Molyneux). He leaves behind children Stephen (Lisa), Philip (Janet), Harriet and Mark. Beloved grandfather to Jeffrey, Stephanie, Ian, Tristan and Elliot. Dear brother of Mary Seedhouse. His cousin Donald MCQuarrie was like a brother. Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Goderich, ON. Attended University of Toronto where he received his BA, MA, and PhD in Physics. He was instrumental in founding the Department of Computer Science in 1964, having worked since 1952 in the development of software for Canada's first electronic computer: the FERUT. He was the Associate Dean for Physical Sciences in the Graduate School 1968 - 72, Chair of the Department of Computer Science from 1975 - 80, and Master of Massey College from 1981 - 1988. Patt is a Member of the Order of Canada, an ACM Fellow, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was recently awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal. He holds a Silver Core Award from IFIP, a Distinguished Service Citation from the American Association of Physics Teachers, and an Award of Merit from the City of Toronto. He was the recipient of the Sandford Fleming Award in 2001. In 2002, he was inducted into the C.I.P.A. Hall of Fame. In 2006 he was granted a Doctor of Science from Queen's University. A longtime member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, President 1976 - 1978, and delighted in his many years directing, writing, and performing in the annual Spring Review. His painting was a lifetime passion. A groundbreaking educator writing and performing many movies including Edison Award winning 'Frames of Reference' and many live TV shows including the first 'Nature of Things'. Author of numerous computer science and physics textbooks. "Pat & Patt" were in their 60th year of marriage and enjoyed many years of cottage, travel, family events and many wonderful friends from the university, the cottage and The Discussion Group. Visitation will be at Morley Bedford Funeral Home, 159 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto (416-489-8733) on Tuesday, May 14th 6-8 p.m. Funeral service on Wednesday, May 15th at 11 a.m. in the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Massey College. 

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James Nairn Patterson Hume:

Admin. history/Biographical sketch:
Professor James Nairn Patterson (Pat) Hume is recognized as a pioneer in the field of computer science. Born in 1923 in Brooklyn N.Y., his familymoved to Goderich, Ontario when he was seven which is where he received his early education. In 1941, he entered Math and Physics at the University of Toronto and graduated with his B.A. in 1945. He went on to earn both a M.A. (1946) and Ph.D. (1949) in Physics from the University of Toronto. After graduating he spent a year teaching at Rutgers University before returning to the University of Toronto to become an Assistant Professor of Physics and in 1963 Professor of Computer Science with a cross appointment to Physics. Throughout his career, he also held various administrative positions in the Department of Computer Science including Chairman from 1975-1980. He was also Associate Dean (Physical Sciences) for the School of Graduate Studies and from 1981-1988 was Master of Massey College. Prof. Hume was one of the first faculty members at the University of Toronto to work with the FERUT computer (Canada’s 1st electronic computer). This work led to the development of some of the earliest software world wide including TRANSCODE, a forerunner to modern computer programming language. Prof. Hume co-authored with R.C. Holt nine textbooks on programming language used by high school and university students throughout Canada. Other areas on which he has written papers include, batch scheduling, data security, software engineering, and computer systems analysis. Throughout his career, he has played an active role in professional organizations that promote computer research such as the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS), the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP). Prof. Hume is equally well known for his role in physics education through his partnership with Prof. Donald Ivey of the Department of Physics. Together they were pioneers in Canadian educational television, writing and performing in over 70 television programmes and four films on physics between 1958 and 1966. Many of these programs were for the CBC’s programs “The Nature of Things” and both men have been internationally recognized for their work. Awards include two Ohio State Awards each for best television program in Natural and Physical Sciences (1962), a silver medal for the film Random Events from the Scientific Institute in Rome and the prestigious Edison Award for best science education film of 1962 for Frames of Reference, now considered a classic in its genre.

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