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of North America. So, the message
of his life-the journey from idea to
ideal-was spread to everyone he
interacted with, within and outside
of SFU and IEEE. Really, it is up
to each of us how we want to take
advantage of this techno-personal

legacy that Bill left us for our own
professional and, more importantly,
personal growth. While many of you
did not have that personal privilege
of working and growing with Bill that
I had, it should not stop each and every one of us from learning how to be

Recollections of
Smiling, Dedicated,
and Modest Gruver
Remembering a Friend
t is my sad duty to write this tribute for the passing of my friend
Bill Gruver. I first met Bill at a
conference in Lexington, Kentucky,
in the 1990s. At the time, he was the
director of the Robotics and Manufacturing Center at the University of
Kentucky. The next time that I ran
into Bill was at the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man,
and Cybernetics held in Vancouver,
Canada. He was already working
at Simon Fraser University (SFU)
in Vancouver.
In October 2005, we flew together
from Los Angeles to the Big Island of
Hawaii. At that time, he was president of the IEEE Systems, Man, and
Cybernetics Society (SMCS), and I
was the general chair of IEEE SMCS
Annual Conference in Hawaii. In
2012, as part of a group of friends
including Jim Tien and Philip Chen,
we rendezvoused with Bill in Vienna,
Austria, and he guided the group

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to a very elegant restaurant on the
outskirts of Vienna.
Bill was a very pleasant peer and
friend. He always treated his peers
with respect and was always smiling
and sharing good times and memories with his friends. He is very
much missed. Jila and I express our
deepest condolences to the Gruver
family. Bless your soul, Bill. We miss
you a lot.
Mo Jamshidi
University of Texas,
San Antonio
Fond Memories of Bill
I have many fond memories of Bill's
contributions as an academic thought
leader, a volunteer for SMCS, and
someone who promoted and contributed to the wonderful collegiality that
is a hallmark of our Society. Also,
he and I shared several personal interests, so he was one of the Society
members I enjoyed interacting with
both personally and professionally.
I will miss his friendship and contributions as a leading scholar to the

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open, trusting and respecting others,
and listening so that our lives can
also transform from a series of ideas
to a set of ideals. It was my honor and
privilege to work with Bill and get to
know him as a friend, a colleague,
and a mentor.

Society and extend my deepest condolences to his family.
Chip White
School of Industrial and
Systems Engineering
Georgia Tech
A Colleague and Friend
It is with great sadness that we all
learned about the passing of Bill
Gruver on 29 February 2016. I first
met Bill at an IEEE Systems, Man
and Cybernetics Conference in the
late 1980s when he was director of
the Center for Robotics and Manufacturing Systems at the University
of Kentucky before he moved to British Columbia and joined the SFU in
1992. Bill and I would meet at least
once a year through our common
SMCS activities and interests-he in
regard to robotics and manufacturing, I in regard to information and
decision systems, with both of us in
attending to SMCS administrative
matters. We both greatly enjoyed
our student interactions and always
looked forward to our mentoring activities with doctoral students and
young faculty. Beyond our individual
academic activities, we also spent
many hours discussing a range of
technical contributions that could
advance both the SMCS and the
IEEE, especially given SMCS's pivotal role in serving as an incubator
of new IEEE Societies.
Bill always had a smile on his face
and when asked how he was doing,



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