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 Don

In Memory of
Professor Donald J. Hillman
1931-2018

The CSE Department mourns the recent passing of our esteemed colleague, Emeritus Professor Donald J. Hillman. One of the founders of computer science at Lehigh, Don was a leader, pioneer in AI, historian, Korean War veteran, gentlemen, and mentor to many faculty and students. He will be truly missed by all.

Professor Hillman began his career at Lehigh as an instructor in the Department of Philosophy in 1960. After receiving his Ph.D. in Math Logic from Cambridge University in 1961, Don was appointed assistant professor and was instrumental in the formation of the Center for the Information Sciences (CIS) at Lehigh in 1962. According to the “The Emergence of Computer Science at Lehigh University,” which was written by Don in 2012, “The two main objectives of CIS were to train specialists who could analyze and organize information, and to investigate the properties and behavior of recorded information.”

Don was promoted to professor in 1964 and served as Head, Division of Information Science, from 1964-1973 and was Director, Center for Information & Computer Science from 1967-1983. As computer science at Lehigh went through various transformations, he always played a leadership role and served as Head, Division of Computer Science, when computer science was part of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department from 1983-2001. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering as part of the University’s 2020 Initiative in 2001.

In addition to his research in retrieval systems, Don was a pioneer in artificial intelligence as demonstrated by numerous publications and research grants and served as Director of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Lehigh from 1986- 1990. He retired from Lehigh in 2012.

His obituary can be found here.

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