Obituaries

Ralph E. Griswold

GRISWOLD, Ralph E., Regents Professor Emeritus, Department of Computer Science at The University of Arizona, died October 4, 2006 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tucson. The cause of death was complications from pancreatic cancer. Dr. Griswold was born on May 19, 1934 in Modesto, California, the son of Gale Charles Griswold and Dorothy Evelyn Jones Griswold. He received his BS degree in Physics with Great Distinction from Stanford University in 1956, followed by an MS in Electrical Engineering in 1960 and a PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1962, also from Stanford University. From 1962 until 1971 Dr. Griswold was associated with Bell Telephone Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey, where he headed the Programming Language Research Group. During his tenure there he was responsible for the design and implementation of the SNOBOL programming languages, culminating in SNOBOL4, a general-purpose programming language designed for manipulating strings of characters. In 1971 Dr. Griswold was brought to The University of Arizona to form the Department of Computer Science. He served as head of the department from the early 1970s until 1981. His areas of research and development included the Icon programming language, designed for high-level general-purpose programming problems involving manipulation of strings of characters. He retired from the university in 1997. Dr. Griswold was the author of numerous books and articles in the field of computer science. After his retirement, his research interests turned to the mathematical aspects of weaving and he became well-known in the weaving community for a large database and web site related to weaving. He dedicated much of his work to preserving old weaving drafts, the actual instructions for weaving designs. He is survived by: his wife, Madge Turner Griswold; a son, William Gale Griswold (Maureen Feeley) of San Diego, California; a daughter, Rebecca Griswold Reid (Brian) of Coupeville, Washington; and four grandchildren. In accordance with Dr. Griswold’s wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial service. The family will receive friends at home Saturday afternoon, October 7, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a charity of choice.

Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Oct. 5, 2006

Madge Turner Griswold

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.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, 2007