Computer Science Professor, Robert Edward ‘Bob’ Noonan Dies at 74

Robert Edward ‘Bob’ Noonan succumbed to Parkinson’s disease on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at the age of 74.  Bob was the son to the late Vincent and Elizabeth Noonan. He was born on June 4, 1944, in Rahway, New Jersey.

Bob joined Holy Trinity High School in his hometown and scoped the cross country record which to this day, has never been broken. He eventually joined Providence College and graduated with an A.B. Degree in Mathematics in 1966.

Later, Bob joined Purdue University where he graduated with a Ph.D. in computer science, 1971. Bob would later join the faculty of the University of Maryland. In 1973, he married his wife, Debbie Smith.

In August 1976, they moved to Williamsburg where he joined the mathematics department of the College of William & Mary. It is here that Bob would pursue the college administration and the Mathematics Department to add computer science in their department and change one of their degrees to a B.A/B.S. in computer science.

In August 1983, the college split the department into two independent departments that took effect July 1984. By 1986, the college was in a position to offer a Ph.D. in computer science and Bob became head of the faculty twice. Bob was also instrumental in putting the college on the internet in 1988. He also pioneered internet connection within the institution.

Bob also loved skiing and he took upon himself to learn how to do it. He also taught most of his students using his boat. Visitation commences on Wednesday 7 November, from 6 pm to 8 pm, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg.



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