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The Sage Family and The george maSon UniverSiTy.

and Azriel Rosenfeld (fuzzy graphs),
both of whom wrote papers and had
Ph.D. students working in these areas
in the late 1960s and early 1970s.]
There were many, many more-seemingly an army of detractors-scientists and engineers who then (and
perhaps amazingly, still today!) simply mounted derisive assaults on our
field. For example, Peter Cheeseman
published a very interesting argument
supporting probabilistic models as
Arye Ephrath
the only reasonable way to represent
Mythology, Inc.
uncertainty in science and engineering [1]. His attack (for that is what it
Andy Sage,
certainly was) on fuzzy sets, complete
SMCS Pioneer
with 22 commentaries and replies
The passing of Andy Sage
from arbiters of fuzzy models who
on Halloween (31 October
responded to his challenge, was one
2014) was a poignant reminder for
of the signature papers of the ongome of Andy's importance to the IEEE
ing battles between supporters of the
SMCS. On a much more personal
two approaches to reasoning under
level, Andy was instrumental in fosuncertainty. Against this backdrop of
tering a receptive audience for many
hostility, there was Andy.
of us who worked in the area of fuzzy
In 1976, Andy approved the publisets in its early years. Most of you
cation of the first paper I published in
will know that Andy was the first EIC
IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man,
of IEEE Transactions on Systems,
and Cybernetics [2]. Another followed
Man, and Cybernetics, a position he
in 1977, and, subsequently, Andy apheld for 16 years, from January 1972
pointed me to his editorial board in
until December 1998. In his capac1978 (probably), a
ity as EIC of the
position I held for
t r a n s a c t ion s , he
six years or so. My
was genuinely interAndy had the
candidacy for IEEE
ested in offering his
vision to establish
Fel low wa s a dreaders information
vanced by the SMCS,
about new direcundergraduate
and I was elected in
tions in science and
and graduate
1992. Therefore, as
engineering.
programs
you can see, my early
I joined the SMCS
in systems
history was intimatearound 1976. Most
ly tied to the SMCS in
of you will know
engineering
general, and to Andy
that this was a very
when few others
Sage in particular.
contentious time
believed systems
By now, you have nofor fuzzy seticians
engineering was a
ticed the disclaimer
( pe ople work i n g
(probably). Why is
in fuzzy sets-like
discipline.
it there? Because I
m a t he m a t ic i a n s ,
- Ariela Sofer
simply don't remempeople working in
ber the exact dates.
mathematics). Andy
And this information
was one of the few
is (probably!) irretrievable-anyway, I
important "big guys" of that era who
can't find it.
was willing to listen to us and help us
The SMCS was a charter mempresent our ideas to the research comber of the Neural Networks Council,
munity. [Two other early important
which later became the IEEE Comsupporters of our cause were King
putational Intelligence Society (CIS).
Sun Fu (fuzzy pattern recognition)

andy Sage and his books.

You were truly a giant on whose
shoulders we stood!
James M. Tien
University of Miami
A Tribute to Andy Sage
Andy Sage has presented me with
an enormous challenge: he preceded me by two years as president
of the IEEE SMCS, and filling his
shoes in that role was an impossible
task. Andy was, for all practical purposes, "Mr. SMC." Over the years,
he served the Society in many elective positions, culminating in 1984
as president. He also edited IEEE
Transactions on Systems, Man, and
Cybernetics (before it was split into
three parts) for an unprecedented
27 years, appointing an outstanding
editorial board of associate editors
and evolving the transactions into
a highly respected, highly selective
technical publication.
Andy had an outstanding academic
career. Any of us would feel blessed
to have established one significant
enterprise in our career. Andy established the prestigious Systems Engineering Program at the University of
Virginia. His extreme talent and legacy left an indelible mark on the curriculum, faculty, and students there.
His work there done, he moved to
George Mason University in Fairfax,
Virginia, and established the outstanding School of Information Technol44

ogy and Engineering before
retiring as a founding dean
emeritus.
I have come to admire
Andy as a leader, a scholar,
a technology editor, and an
administrator. Most of all,
I admired Andy as a class
act and a true Southern
gentleman.

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