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August 5, 2004
To: UC Santa Cruz Community
From: Margaret L. Delaney, Interim Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Re: Passing of Larry Stockmeyer
With sadness, I send this message to note the death of Larry Stockmeyer, a Research Associate of the Computer Science Department.
He joined UC Santa Cruz in October 2002, following a distinguished career with the Computer Science Principles and Methodologies Department at IBM Almaden Research Center. He died on July 31.
More background about Dr. Stockmeyer's life and work is included in the obituary copied below.
Please join me in expressing sincere condolences to Larry's colleagues, friends, and family.
Larry Stockmeyer, theoretical computer scientist and a founder of the field of complexity theory -- that part of computer science exploring the inherent difficulty of solving computational problems -- died July 31, of pancreatic cancer.
Born in Evansville, Indiana, in 1948, Stockmeyer was educated at MIT, where he received a bachelor's of science in mathematics and a master's of science in electrical engineering in 1972, followed by a doctorate in computer science in 1974. Stockmeyer is famous for his groundbreaking work proving the extreme difficulty of solving naturally occurring computational problems. His pioneering contributions were soon incorporated into textbooks on computational complexity.
Stockmeyer joined IBM Research in 1974, working first at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. A founding member of the Theory Group at the IBM Almaden Research Center in the early 1980s, Stockmeyer was elevated to Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery in 1996. He remained at Almaden until he took a bridge to retirement from IBM in November 2002. After this, Stockmeyer enjoyed affiliation with the University of California, Santa Cruz, until his death, at age 55.
Stockmeyer is survived by his father Robert Stockmeyer, his sister Mary Karen Walker, and his former wife, dear friend, and colleague Cynthia Dwork.