Elbridge Carl Zimmerman

Birth Date: 
Wednesday, March 30, 1932
Date of Passing: 
Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Elbridge Carl Zimmerman, 88, of Wooster, OH died at home on Wednesday, December 16, 2020, after being in Hospice Care for a month at home.

Elbridge, better known as Carl to his friends and Elb to family, was born on March 30, 1932, in Brunswick, OH, to Carl and Josephine (Lytle) Zimmerman. He graduated from Brunswick High School in 1950, then The College of Wooster in 1954, with a B.A. in Physics. He received his M.S. from Drexel Institute of Technology in 1962. Later, he attended the University of Michigan and was awarded a certificate from the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) from Purdue University in 1971.

While at The College of Wooster, he met his future wife, Marlene Fray. They wed on August 25, 1956, in Steubenville, Ohio and raised three children together.

His teaching career started at Amherst College where he was a graduate assistant before returning to Brunswick High School to teach math and physics. He then taught one year at Dalton High School in Wayne County, Ohio.  After that he worked as a civilian at the U.S. Naval Air Turbine Test Station, Aeronautical Turbine Laboratory in Trenton, NJ for ten years. He then worked as a Systems Engineer for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI.

In the fall of 1968, he joined The College of Wooster as its first Director of Academic Computer Services. It was there hed do his lifes work. In May 1969, he wondered in the Wooster alumni magazine, How Much Are We Decision Making by Computer?”—a question still relevant to this day. He went on to make the case for computersrelevance to liberal arts.

During his 28-year tenure, he established the colleges first academic computer center and designed its first computer science curriculum. He published many papers related to the field of computer science. Most notably, he co-authored and published a once-ubiquitous college textbook, Primer on Pascal,” in 1976. (During the late 1970s and 80s, Pascal was one of the most widely used languages for computer programming instruction.) Carl retired from his directorship in 1994 but stayed on to teach computer science for two more years.

Over the years Carl was a member of both Westminster Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church. A lover of classical music and the choral arts, he lent his beautiful tenor voice to various choirs for many years. He sang under Robert Shaw and performed on stage with future opera star Erie Mills while she was a student at the College.

Carl is survived by his wife, Marlene; his son, Barry (Grandview Hts., OH), and daughter, Susan (Wooster); his grandchildren, Julianne and David; and Kelvin Housekeeper-Zimmerman and Khristopher Zimmerman; his sister, Molly Governs (Las Vegas, NV). He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey, and his brother, Hugh in 2005.

Memorial services for Carl will be held at a later date.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com



Memorial services will be held at a later date.


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Susan - My deepest sympathies extend to you and your family during this time of loss. Your Dad seems like he was an amazing guy and I know you will truly miss him.

Marlene and Family: Please accept our sincere sympathy. Will miss seeing the two of you walking in the neighborhood. I always enjoyed working with Carl and you and will continue to hold you in my thoughts.

Dear Marlene,
We are sorry for your loss. Carl was kind and helpful, knowledgeable, a great tenor. And you two were a wonderful pair walking all over town. Sending love and prayers.
Linda and Dave

Susan and Erwin Riedner send our sincere condolences to the Zimmerman family. We will miss seeing Carl walking in the neighborhood with Marlene, and we will miss chatting when the four of us met as they walked by our house.

Susan, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Hold fast to your memories and know many people are thinking and praying for you and your family.

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Zimmerman's passing. I know how much his niece (and my dear friend, Cy) loved visiting him and her Aunt Marlene. Through our conversations, it was abundantly clear that he was a great uncle, but I was so impressed by his many academic and musical accomplishments!! I am thinking of all the Zimmermans during this difficult time.

So many, including me, send concern and love to Susan and you. My heart still holds places for both Carl and you in the choir.

Dear Marlene and family, we send our sincere condolences to you all on Carl's passing. It was our honor and pleasure to work with Carl during our time in Wooster and at the College. His impact on computing and computer science at Wooster has been enormous and will be very long-lasting, as will his impact as a friend to so many. We will remember him with warmth and gratitude.

I am saddened to hear of Carl's passing. Please accept my deepest condolences.

My sincere condolences to you and your family.

Uncle Elb, I love you very much. When I graduated from high school, you flew all the way from Ohio (to Hawai'i) as a surprise. I had lost a contact and was called up to the stage for an award. I looked up in the bleachers and thought I saw you. "It couldn't be..." Thank God I didn't have both contacts in--I would have run into the bleachers to hug you!

When I graduated from college, you drove down and ended up with the thankless and horrendous task of helping me clean out my townhouse.

When I got married in Vegas, you (again) flew there and became embroiled in a covert operation to surprise us with our undoubtedly favorite wedding present (the family quilt that Aunt Marlene made--they're pictured in front of it below).

Since my dad died, you were there to advise and celebrate me. I can never articulate my gratitude. You inspired me to embrace my love of classical music and to not fear technology. Thank you for all these things and more.

I love you and will miss you. It was a great honor to help write this celebration of you. My deepest sympathies to Aunt Marlene, Susan, and Barry.

My deepest sympathy and love to Aunt Marlene, Susan and Barry. I loved Uncle Elb, and greatly enjoyed our annual visits. Some of the most fulfilling times I've had in recent years have been our trips where we would sit around and talk for ours and and "do nothing". Those are moments that I will really miss.

Today there is an indescribable amount of grief after losing my father. Losing a father often means losing a protector, a guiding hand, a best friend, and a superhero. He was all those things to me. I am focusing on all the incredible memories I shared and the amazing man he was helps me bring light into this dark day. I am so grateful to have had him this long. I am grateful that he was not only a part of my life but my kids lives as well.

Many of you may have met him over the years. Please take a moment, and say a prayer.
I love you Dad, rest in peace.

My sympathy to Marlene and family. I never met Carl but heard about him through Marlene. I know he went through a lot the last few years. Rest in peace.

Dear Marlene, Susan, and Barry,
I have many great memories working with Carl at the College. He was a gentle soul and was very enjoyable to work with. So sorry for your loss! My prayers are with you. Blessings to you all. Julie

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