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his immediate reply was always an
infectious "great." IEEE SMCS has
lost a professional leader and intellect, and I have personally lost a
thoughtful colleague and friend. Bill
Gruver, you will be truly missed!
James M. Tien
University of Miami
We Will Miss a Great Mentor
Bill and I met in the early 2000s during one of our annual conferences.
He was the EiC of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Part B, and I was a very junior
faculty member. Bill was a very kind
and personable person. When he
was elected as the president of our
SMCS, he appointed me to the secretary position. I worked with him
for about five years in various positions, and I have interacted closely
with him ever since we first met. In
addition to his tremendous volunteer work, he was a very influential
researcher and a dedicated and calm
SMCS volunteer. When I last talked
to him on the phone during an executive committee meeting in March, he
was very strong and optimistic in his
fight with his illness. We made plans
to meet in Banff, Canada, and said
goodbye. Bill was thinking about
SMCS until the very last minute of
his life. He was an exemplary SMCS
member, volunteer, officer, and president. He will be missed greatly in
the SMCS community.
Ferat Sahin
Rochester Institute of Technology
Farewell to a Good Friend
One of the many things that impressed me about Bill is how many
people he knew well. He would say,
"Oh yes, I know Irv" or Bob or Mike.
Sure enough, he would chat with
them as old friends, or they would
say "I hear you are working with Bill"
when I met up with them. He was obviously a likable guy, and he provided
great service to the IEEE. He knew a
lot about how and where to find good
food, like a great food court he led me

gruver (left) attending the February 2011 technical Committees meeting
of the IEEE SmCS in miami, Florida.

to in Hong Kong. We will all miss his
smiling face.
Lawrence O. Hall
University of South Florida
Goodbye to a Great Mentor
Bill was an excellent supervisor, mentor, and a friend. I had the privilege of
working as a research associate at
the iDEA laboratory under his supervision. He has taken my knowledge of
intelligent systems to the next level
and injected his systems thinking
into everything I do in my research.
Bill radiated his positive energy to
everyone who was around him. His
solution-oriented personality and positive attitude toward life had a major
impact on who I am today. I will always
remember him and how he appreciated everything he had. His passion
for living life to its full potential and
his dedication to developing everyone who surrounded him will be remembered now and forever.
Ozge Uncu
University of Toronto
Farewell to Dr. Gruver
I first met Bill in September 1998 when
I visited him as a visiting faculty in
his lab. Since then, Bill and I became
friends and visited each other several
times. He inspired me not only in my
research in intelligent robotics but also
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in teaching students. On Christmas
Eve 1998, he invited all the members of
his lab and their families to his house.
The annual gathering on Christmas
Eve was his tradition, and it has now
become mine as well. He loved cooking. He once visited my house and
wanted to learn how to make Koreanstyle kimchi.
He was always smiling, gentle, and
friendly to everybody, which is the
reason why I visited him on every one
of my sabbatical leaves. He was truly a
role model for every professor.
Hakil (Hale) Kim
Inha University,
Incheon, Korea
A Great Colleague
I met Bill 25 years ago in Vancouver.
He soon after recruited me to organize
sessions for an SMCS conference. This
began my long history with SMCS and
with Bill. Over the years, Bill and I enjoyed many adventures, usually around
food-Bill loved unusual restaurants
and street food in exotic places. If it
wasn't food, it was music-he loved to
sing, and he sang in church choirs all
over the world. Bill was always a pleasure to be with due to his enthusiasm
for life and willingness to try anything.
He and I also worked together
professionally-in his companies, coauthoring papers, and, of course,
in SMCS. But what I remember and

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