Maclean's Passages, September 6, 1999

Died: Computing industry pioneer James Wesley Graham, 67; of cancer, in Waterloo, Ont. Graham, born in Copper Cliff, Ont., became fascinated by the potential of computers while studying math and physics at the University of Toronto in the early 1950s. Later, as a professor at the University of Waterloo, Graham helped establish its computer centre in 1962. Over the next 25 years, he was the major force in achieving the university's worldwide reputation as a leader in software development. He received the Order of Canada just three days before he died.