RAM Remembers George T. Jacobi

We note with sadness the death of longtime RAM friend, George T. Jacobi, who died in Milwaukee on September 15 at the age of 96. George served on RAM’s Board of Directors for two consecutive terms and continued as an at-large member of the museum’s Accessions and Exhibitions Committee for a period of more than 20 years as we developed and opened RAM. 

Born in Manheim, Germany, George came to New York in 1940 and served in the US Army’s Signal Corps during World War II. He received his MS in Electrical Engineering at Ohio State University, becoming an accomplished engineer. He worked for General Electric for 11 years, receiving three patents and developing the first transistorized computer for the banking industry. After serving as Director, Computer and Management Research at the Illinois Institute of Technology he was hired by Johnson Controls in 1977 where he worked until 1993, retiring as Corporate Vice President-Technology.

George was a true Renaissance man. He could speak well on any topic and was known as a great supporter of the arts. In addition to his work at RAM, George was President of the Board of Florentine Opera and a Board member of Present Music and the Next Door Foundation in Milwaukee. George was prized as a Board member because of his knowledge and the way he shared this with others, always sprinkled with a solid dose of good humor and dry wit. We express our gratitude to him and extend our condolences to his wife Angela—herself a former RAM Board member who served beside George on our Accessions Committee—and his family and friends. 

The George T. Jacobi Fund has been established at RAM and contributions are welcome.