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Distinguished Alumnus Arlindo Jorge Passes Away

Arlindo Jorge, a member of the UMass Amherst class of 1950 and one of the first students to receive an electrical engineering degree here, died on September 14 at the age of 87. ­UMass presented Jorge with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007 and, among his many philanthropic interests, he endowed the Arlindo Jorge Scholarship Fund for students in our Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. Jorge began his career with the Electron Tube Division of Sperry Gyroscope Company, developing high-powered final amplifiers (klystrons) for military radars. At Sperry, Jorge also co-invented the dual-oscillator radar system. Jorge later founded Syncor Industries Corporation, a company that manufactured electronic equipment for the military.

When Jorge arrived at UMass Amherst in the 1940s, he studied under the GI Bill and spent his first two years at the Fort Devens campus. Jorge went on to receive his M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan.

At Sperry, he became section head of the radiation division, where he was an expert on microwave tubes. At the time, the klystron was cloaked in military secrecy and revolutionized high-energy physics and microwave research. The klystron has since been used in satellite communications, airplane and missile guidance systems, and telephone and television transmission. Today’s modern radiation oncology therapy traces its origins back to the invention of the klystron.

After he retired, he worked in an area of assistive technology that allows patients to be automatically transferred to and from a newly designed hospital bed and wheelchair.

Jorge’s desire to foster learning for the underprivileged, in the form of endowed scholarships, was shared by his late wife, Evelyn, a teacher for 43 years. Together they actively supported various community organizations and created the Evelyn Jorge Scholarship Fund for students who intend to teach at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams and the endowed ECE scholarship mentioned above. (September 2011)