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The Passing of Matt Ward


The WPI Computer Science Department is very sad to announce that Matthew O. Ward, Professor of Computer Science, died yesterday at the age of 59 after a battle with cancer. It is a great loss to his family, WPI, the CS department, and the Visualization research community.

Matt was a teacher, researcher, WPI Alum ('77), writer, family man, music lover, ragtime guitarist, woodworker, bee keeper, hot pepper lover, Trekkie, colleague, and friend: and probably many other things!

WPI's official "In Memoriam" at www.wpi.edu/news/ward-im.html provides many details of his life and work.

Professor Klaus Mueller, Chair of the IEEE CS Technical Committee on Visualization and Computer Graphics, wrote:

    He was a great man; he accomplished great things. His contributions to the visualization community -- indeed his legacy -- are profound.

WPI's President, Laurie A. Leshin, wrote in her email to the WPI community:

    Matt was much admired for his considerable skills as a teacher and scholar, his collegiality, and his good humor and positive spirit. I personally had the opportunity to get to know Matt at a "faculty lunch" over the summer. I will always remember his wonderful spirit, as well as his dedication and commitment to WPI. He will be greatly missed. On behalf of this community, I offer my sincere condolences to Matt's family, his colleagues and students in the Department of Computer Science, and his many friends across campus.

Details about services will be shared when they are available.

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