In Memoriam

Edward (Ted) Elcock


Ted Elcock


  It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Edward Wray Elcock on January 31,2008, in Courtenay, British Columbia. Ted is survived by Marjorie, his loving and devoted wife of 55 years, and by his three sons, Mark, John and Simon (Ginny). Ted was born in Leeds, England, and it was there that he began his formal education, completing his Physics, B.Sc. Honors at Leeds University. Ted enlisted into the Royal Navy and served upon an aircraft carrier as a meteorologist for three years. It was after leaving the Navy that he completed his Ph.D. in Physics at Leeds University, and began his career in Academics. In 1951 he joined the University of Aberdeen as a lecturer and, while teaching, he conducted research that assisted in laying down the foundations of the logic programming language PROLOG. In 1974 he left Scotland, accepting the position of Professor of Computer Science in London, Ontario, Canada. He became a Full Professor and Chairman of the University of Western Ontario's Computer Science Department. It was from UWO that Ted retired in 1991, relocating in Coutenay, British Columbia. In his retirement, he was able to dedicate much of his time to improving his golf game, fishing, painting, playing bridge and became involved in a variety of volunteer projects within the community. He was one of the founding members of Elder College. Ted was first and foremost a committed husband and father. He nurtured his children with wisdom as his guide, and humour and love as his tools. At Ted's request there will be no funeral, just think of him when you look to the mountains, or hear the sound of the clarinet.