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Society of America and the Chevalier dans L’Ordre des Arts et Lettres, from the Republique Francaise.

Max Mathews lived in San Francisco. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; three sons, Vernon (of San Francisco), Guy (of Palo Alto), and Boyd (of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey); and six grandchildren.

Marjorie, his wife, remembers:

Both our families had enjoyed camping and Max and I continued that tradition, making a number of trips around the U.S. and in Europe with our children. We were also fond of boating, working up through a series of small boats to our 30-foot ketch Nimble on which we made many trips on the East Coast anywhere from Norfolk to Nova Scotia. We rented sailboats in the Aegean and in the Caribbean. Max did the navigation when we sailed with John Chowning on his boat from San Francisco to Hawaii. We managed several trips with our friend Derek Scovil, sailing in Puget Sound and the Gulf Islands of Western Canada.

Max hadn’t done any skiing in Nebraska, but when we married he took it up to humor me, and we had many fine ski vacations with our children in New England, Eastern Canada, Austria, Switzerland, and the Sierras of California.


1   Computer History Museum, Max Mathews Oral History (Mountain View, California).

2   M. Mathews, 1961, Daisy Bell: Computer generated “A Bicycle Built for Two,” Accompanied by Synthetic Speech. Available at:

3   M. Mathews, 2011, Max Mathews Using Two Batons Providing Six Degrees of Control to Conduct an Orchestra. Available at:

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