Remembering Jeanne Adams
NCAR retiree Jeanne Adams passed away on April 21 at age
85. Jeanne worked at NCAR beginning in the 1960s until her
retirement in 1997.
Jeanne was a pioneer in the computer field, getting her start
with early machines during World War II. At NCAR, she worked
in what is now called CISL, developing and teaching short
courses on scientific programming. Jeanne co-authored Programmer’s
Guide to Fortran 90 and chaired the American National Standards
Institute committee that developed the programming language.
She was also a past chair of the International Programming
Languages Committee of the International Standards Organization.
Jeanne was especially known around NCAR’s computing
facilities for the challenging programming tasks she would
assign to exercise and develop the abilities of staff new
to supercomputing. “I admired and respected Jeanne
for her mentoring skills, Fortran standards expertise, and
management acumen,” says Unidata’s Russ Rew,
who worked with Jeanne for
Jeanne played a major role in two of NCAR’s early educational
programs: the Fellowship Program in Scientific Computing,
launched in 1966, and the Computing Facility Internship Program
for Minority Students, launched in 1974. Participants included
a number of current NCAR scientists as well as leaders in
research and education at other UCAR institutions.
“Jeanne’s student program was a terrific
benefit to NCAR because the students became friends of NCAR,
and later many of them developed into administrators, professors,
and researchers in the atmospheric and related sciences,” says
retiree Paul Swarztrauber, who worked with Jeanne for 30
Jeanne will also be remembered for the field trips she organized
for summer program participants, including hikes up Mt. Audubon,
picnics at Bear Lake, and barbecues in her backyard at the
end of the summer. Her husband Merle, a CU professor, accompanied
her in most of these activities.
Jeanne is survived by her three children, Clare, Douglas,
and Samuel, and five grandchildren. A memorial was held on
April 27 in Lafayette.
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