(j3.2006) (SC22WG5.3447) Jeanne Adams
Mon Apr 23 11:03:17 EDT 2007
I was greatly saddened to receive the news of Jeanne Adams' death.
I first met Jeanne in 1986 when I joined X3J3 (as it then was) and
got to know her well over the next 15 years before I withdrew from
active Fortran standardisation at the same time as I resigned from
the Convenorship of WG5. Throughout that period it was always a joy
to work with Jeanne - even if we did not always see eye-to-eye!
She will be best remembered, of course, as chairman of J3 during the
often fractious development of F90 - a task which she carried out
with good humour, albeit mixed occasionally with considerable
frustration. Trying to control around 50 people, often with strongly
held, yet diametrically opposing, views, was not easy and the fact
that we all remained on good terms with each other is a considerable
tribute to the way in which she organised things. She also made us
work hard! In those days meetings started at 8 and closed at 6 with
45 minutes for lunch (if we were lucky! ) and sometimes a further
session after dinner. But the 6 o'clock FIDS was what kept us all
Of course, Jeanne's contribution to standards went back to before the
creation of WG5, when she was involved in the early ISO activities in
programming language standardisation which led to today's SC22 and
its many working groups. And she always continued to play a part in
international standards even after leaving J3.
She will be sadly missed.
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