Friday, November 6, 2009

[DMANET] AKCE Journal - S. Arumugam, Kalasalingam University

Dear Colleagues,
I am sorry to report that Prof. Gary S. Bloom, one of the founder
members of the Editorial Board of AKCE International Journal of Graphs and
Combinatorics, died on September 6, 2009. We propose to include an obiturary
note in Volume 6 No. 3 of our journal. The note which has been prepared by
Prof. Mirka Miller is enclosed. If you have any comments kindly let me know.

With thanks and kind regards
S. Arumugam




Professor Gary Stuart Bloom, 69, from New York City, and one of the founder
members of the Editorial Board of AKCE International Journal of Graphs and
Combinatorics, died on September 6, 2009, while hiking with his partner
Marsha Powell, in Great Barrington, MA.

Gary Bloom was born on March 30, 1940 in Los Angeles, CA, to Evelyn
(Deutsch) and Howard A. Bloom.

He attended Bexley High School in Bexley, OH and received an AB in Physics
from Oberlin College in 1962, an MS in Astrophysics from the University of
Arizona in 1969, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from USC in 1976.

Gary's professorial career started in 1969 at Cal State - Fullerton where he
taught until 1976. After that he began teaching Computer Science at the City
College of New York and at the CUNY Graduate Center. He also had visiting
teaching and research positions at the University of New Mexico and at
various universities in Australia, Canada, Chile, France, and Spain.

In later years, Gary had a close connection with India, having been the
Keynote Speaker at ICMCS 2008 and an Invited Speaker at IWOGL 2009 and ICMCS
2009. Recently, he was also Invited Speaker at ICGTIS 2007 in Bandung,
Indonesia and at IWOGL 2008 in Harbin, China. Wherever he went, he soon felt
at home. This was one of his defining attributes: He was a true citizen of
the world.

Gary enjoyed working with young researchers and the supervision of
postgraduate students. He was generous in his contributions to the academic
community, including serving as an Editor of the AKCE International Journal
of Graphs and Combinatorics.

His most recent research interests returned him to graph labelings, although
he was still intrigued by other topics in graph theory and applications. At
the time of his death, he was involved mainly in collaborative research in
graph labeling, with colleagues in USA, India, Indonesia and Australia. He
was a delightful as well as an insightful person to work with.

Gary was a strong man but at the same time a gentle and caring soul. Apart
from mathematics, he enjoyed tango dancing, hiking, and sharing both good
and bad puns. He also enjoyed theater, music, and art, especially that of
the Southwest. He never lost a sense of wonder about the world and he
enjoyed visiting new places and getting to know new people and new ideas.

He is survived by his mother, Evelyn D. Bloom of Middletown, OH, two
daughters, Sylvia Bloom, her partner, Mihai Buretea and their son, Eli of
San Francisco, CA and Elena Bloom of New York City, partner Marsha Powell of
New York City, brother P. Jeffrey Bloom of Epsom, England, sister Cecilia
and her husband, Scott Glickfield of Middletown, OH, as well as several
nieces and one nephew.

A memorial service for Gary Bloom was held on Thursday, September 17th at
Shepard Hall on the City College campus. Reflecting Gary's interests, in
lieu of flowers, donations were asked to be made in his memory to the Nature
Conservancy, P.O. Box 6014, Albert Lea, MN 56007 or to the National Museum
of the American Indian, P.O. Box 23473, Washington, DC 20026.



Dr. S. Arumugam
Senior Professor (Research)
Kalasalingam University
Anand Nagar, Krishnankoil - 626 190
Conjoint Professor
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
The University of Newcastle
NSW 2308, Australia

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