In Memoriam Rudolph J. Joenk, Jr., PhD (1932-2018)

Rudy Joenk, longtime member of the IEEE Professional Communication Society, passed away in Boulder, CO on 5 November 2018.

Born in St. Louis, MO, he graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1953. After 21 months of active duty service in the US Army Ordnance Corps, he attended the University of Washington in Seattle and earned a master’s degree in physics in 1957. He then moved to Pittsburgh, PA, where he worked for Westinghouse and earned a PhD in physics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1962.

His long career with IBM started at the T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY in 1962, where he worked on magnetic materials with potential for use as computer memory. He moved to White Plains, NY and served as associate editor of the IBM Journal of Research and Development from 1968 to 1971, and then as editor from 1971 to 1978. In 1978 he moved to IBM’s facility in Boulder where he worked on patents and on documentation for mag card typewriters and other products. He retired from IBM in 1993.
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