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appreciate most about Bill was his
friendship. He took his friendships seriously and always gave more than he
asked for. He was a true friend, and I
will miss him very much.

a good leader. We worked together
over a year to develop the new SMCS
website. He was always enthusiastic
and interested in exploring new ideas
and the best way to enact them, which
made it a real joy to work with him.

Michael H. Smith
Past-president, IEEE SMCS
My Recollections About
Bill Gruver
We all miss Bill. If I can summarize
him in one word, it would be reliable.
When he promised something, he always delivered on time, no matter
how complicated and time-consuming
the task, no matter how many unexpected obstacles would appear-and,
as everyone knows, such obstacles
frequently appear-no matter what,
he would do it. Whether it was about
urgent changes to the Society website
or his enormous help in organizing the
panel of the Norbert Wiener Award
winners at the 2014 IEEE SMC Conference, he always delivered.
The second word would be helpful. He was always willing and eager
to help, often offering his help even
before someone asked. These offers
were very useful-especially to those
who were new to the board or conference organization. His help was often
significant, and it was always offered
and given in a very friendly way.
The third word would be modest. Bill
Gruver was a Norbert Wiener Award
winner and one of the top researchers
in our area, but you would never guess
it from observing his service to the profession. His own research never got in
the way of the tremendous amount of
volunteer work that he did for our Society. We will all miss him.
Vladik Kreinovich
VP Publications SMCS
A Model Volunteer
I was fortunate to know Bill Gruver for
more than four years as a fellow member of the board of governors. As many
others had, I learned of his keen love
of liturgical choral music and exacting sense of good food and where to
find it. In my experience, he was also
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Chris Nemeth
SMCS VP Planning
A Professional Approach
I am saddened to hear of Bill Gruver's
passing. He and I were on the IEEE
board of directors at the same time
and served on at least one board level
ad hoc during that time dealing with
what was then a sensitive issue. We
had biweekly teleconferences and
several onsite meetings outside of the
normal board series. He was a pleasure to work with. I was impressed
with Bill's approach to issues and the
cordial but professional demeanor
that he had. We worked well together
and were successful in our efforts.
David Green
IEEE Treasurer and Secretary
A Brilliant Mind
I was blessed to have known Bill,
especially during my time serving
with him on various committees of
the IEEE Technical Activities Board
(TAB). He was such a fine person
who always had a cheerful outlook,
a friendly demeanor, and was highly
respectful of all people. His voice was
filled with keen insight and wisdom,
seeing things that other people overlooked. Bill had a brilliant mind, and
he was curious about all things technical and nontechnical. It was such a
great pleasure being with him, and I
will indeed miss him.
Alan Willner
University of Southern
California
In Memory of Bill Gruver
The IEEE will certainly miss Bill
Gruver. He was a very long time volunteer who contributed in many areas
of IEEE. He was a quiet, thoughtful,
highly intelligent, soft-spoken, and

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gentle man. People were always comfortable dealing with Bill, as he was
polite, had a good heart, and made
good suggestions and decisions.
Bill was president of SMCS, a position you cannot achieve without many
years of successful contributions
to the Society in many positions. He
was a Distinguished Lecturer for the
Society, which speaks to his many
technical accomplishments as well
as his ability to convey an interesting
message. In 2010, thanks to his contributions to the TAB, a board with over
50 members, Bill was considered as a
candidate for vice president, technical activities.
Bill had a breadth of experience
in IEEE that spanned beyond the
strictly technical. He also represented SMCS on the governing body of
the Technology Management Council
from 2012 to 2014. I had the pleasure
of working with him again in this
capacity. He was honored by IEEE
Canada in 2011 with a medal for his
international contributions to intelligent automation.
Bill will be sadly missed by his
many colleagues worldwide.
Celia Desmond
Division III Director
Bill Gruver Will Be Missed
I knew Bill for more than 20 years,
and I was shocked to learn about his
passing. We exchanged visits between
Vancouver and Naples to our respective labs. Since our first meeting, I
was impressed by his deep devotion
to the scholarly chores of academia as
well as to voluntary Society service.
When I started becoming involved in
the activities of the IEEE Robotics
and Automation Society (RAS), he
was one of my favorite coaches, and
I felt indebted for his valuable advice
throughout the years. During my RAS
presidential term, I had the privilege
of interacting with him closely in his
capacity of Division X director, and I
learned a lot from him. I also had the
pleasure of sharing social moments
with him, and I always admired his
courtly manners, wide culture, and



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