The University of Arizona

Events & News

Ralph E. Griswold Memorial Endowment

October 19, 2006

Ralph Griswold photo

A memorial fund has been established in honor of Ralph E. Griswold, the department's founder, who died on October 4, 2006.

Griswold came to the University of Arizona in 1971 to establish the Department of Computer Science. He served as department head through 1981; his insistence on high standards brought the department recognition and respect. The university honored him with the title of Regents Professor in 1990.

Griswold was best known in computer science for development of the SNOBOL4 and Icon programming languages. After retiring in 1995 he turned his active research to mathematical aspects of weaving design.

The Ralph E. Griswold Memorial Endowment was established by members of the department to honor the memory of this distinguished scholar and valued colleague. Funds will support the professional development of undergraduate Computer Science majors by, for example, enabling their attendance at research conferences.

The Griswold family has generously offered to match the first $5000 in contributions to the fund. When matched with other contributions, this will establish a permanent endowment, generating undergraduate grants in perpetuity.

Contributions, which are tax-deductible, may be sent to:

Bob Logan
College of Science Development Office
The University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210077
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0077

Please make checks payable to the UA Foundation.

Learn more:
Department Obituary

Updated October 24, 2006, to add the Griswold family challenge grant.
Updated November 7, 2006, to note deductibility of contributions.