Professor Nenad Marovac dies at age 80 on his way to church. Professor of Computer Science at Imperial College London, McGill University Montreal and San Diego State University, author of numerous papers in computer science and multi-media, considered one of the top mathematical minds in Yugoslavia in the 60s, early pioneer in Computer Science in Europe – PhD in Computer Sciences from Imperial College London.
Professor Nenad Marovac was born in the former Yugoslavia on July 13, 1941, during World War II. He grew up in a Croatian coastal town called Rijeka. He was an excellent student and was awarded a place in the mathematics department at The University of Belgrade and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1964.
In the summer of 1963, he met his future wife Anita Accetta in London. They were married in 1964 in the UK and then settled in Croatia where they had two children, Jacqueline and Nenad Joseph, in his hometown of Rijeka. In 1969 they moved back to London where Nenad was offered a research position and the chance to do his PhD in Computer Science at Imperial College in London. Computer science was still something very new at the time; by getting involved in the research that early on he had a definite impact on modern day technology as we know it.
Being a professor and researcher in a constantly evolving field meant a lot of travelling. Nenad had the opportunities to teach in several prestigious universities such as SUNY in Buffalo, Mc Gill University in Montreal, UMASS in Boston and finally San Diego State. Nenad spent over 25 years teaching at San Diego State University and wrote many papers in computer science during his time there. He played a key role in developing and researching technologies that eventually led to the creation of the Internet. It’s safe to say he is one of the pioneers in modern technologies.
On retiring, he would spend six months a year fulfilling his passion for travel. In 2010, he met his companion, Deanna. They both shared a love for travelling and their favourite place to travel was Europe because they could enjoy the company of his children and grandchildren. They would often rent cars and travel extensively throughout Europe using his main bases as Rijeka and Paris. Rijeka always had a special place in his heart given the fact that it was his hometown and later the birth town of his children. He also loved Paris very much and spent a great deal of time there enjoying the rich culture, sights, and gastronomy.
Throughout his life, Nenad was an avid bridge player and was awarded the status of Life Master. He attended many international tournaments and even had Omar Sharif as his opponent. He was well known throughout the bridge clubs in San Diego and La Jolla.
Nenad fought a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease and died peacefully on his way to church on Sunday, December 5th, 2021.
Nenad had a huge impact on many lives, from his grandson who ended up working in the field of web management to all the students he taught in all the different places. He was a very hardworking man and passed on that virtue to his children who both became very successful in their own fields. He taught everyone he loved how to enjoy life in all its ways, from visiting places, to eating the best foods to drinking the best wines and beers.
He will leave behind his children Jacqueline and Nenad Joseph, his grandchildren Maja and Demian, as well as his companion, Deanna and former wife and mother of his children, Anita.
A memorial service will be held the 28th of December at 11am at the church of Mary Star of the Sea in La Jolla.
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