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Obituary-- Richard B. Adler


Richard B. Adler

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor Richard B. Adler '43 died Tuesday morning after he was hit by a car while jogging in Concord. He was 67.

According to Lieutenant Robert Foster of the Concord Police, Adler was fatally injured shortly before 6 am on Sudbury Road. He was flown by helicopter to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, where he died at about 8:30 am. Foster said Adler's death is still under investigation, and that a public report will be released on Monday morning.

Born in New York City in 1922, Adler received his early education in New York City schools, and at the Loomis School, Windsor, Connecticut. He attended Harvard (1939-41), but received his SB (1943) and ScD degrees (1949) from MIT. He began his teaching at MIT in 1949.

A Navy officer from 1944 to 1946, he was an instructor at the MIT Radar School and subsequently in the Department of Electrical Engineering. He became an assistant professor in 1950, associate professor in 1955, and professor in 1959. He was leader of the Solid-State and Transistor Group of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory from 1951 to 1953. In September 1978 he became associate head for Electrical Science and Engineering in EECS, a position which he held until September 1989, when he became co-director of the MIT Microsystems Technology Laboratories.

Adler, as technical director of the international university-industry Semi-conductor Electronics Education Committee, which he established, led the effort in the early 1960s that first brought transistor-based solid-state electronics into undergraduate engineering education. He is co-author of seven books, has participated directly in preparing some 16 educational films and film loops, and has published numerous technical papers. In addition, Adler co-authored two of the undergraduate core-curriculum texts put into use at MIT in the late 1950s.

He was the 1986 recipient of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Education Medal "for leadership in engineering education through teaching and textbooks in semiconductor electronics and electro-magnetics."

Adler is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and his three sons.

A remembrance service will be held at 2 pm Monday, Feb. 12, in the Kresge Little Theater. A reception will follow in Twenty Chimneys.