Mark Stephen Radwin, beloved son, husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on Thursday, November 13, three weeks after being diagnosed with colon cancer. He died at home in Los Altos, surrounded by his family and love. He is survived by his parents Arthur and Sylvia, his brother Ronald, his wife of 40 years Karen, his sons David and Michael, his daughters-in-law Kara Vuicich and Ariella Radwin, and grandchildren Ruth, Noam, Ori, and Yael.
Mark was born in New York, NY in 1943 to Arthur and Sylvia Radwin. As a child he showed an exceptional aptitude and enthusiasm for science and engineering, including winning a prestigious Westinghouse Science Talent Search competition. After being admitted to his dream school, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he personally convinced the admissions office to award him enough financial aid so that he could afford to attend. At MIT he pledged Alpha Epsilon Pi, managed the campus humor magazine Voodoo, and earned a bachelor's and master's degree in electrical engineering. In 1966, after completing additional coursework toward a Ph.D. in management, he left Boston to take a position at Lockheed's Palo Alto research lab.
In 1967 Mark joined DIALOG, one of the world's first commercial search engines. Ten years later he became the Global Operations Manager and Chief Scientist at Tymnet, and later served as Director of Business Development at GTE Telenet. In 1992 he went to work at NASA's Ames Research Center, from which he retired five years ago.
Mark will be remembered first and foremost for his love for his family. He was always generous with family and strangers alike, and would bend over backwards to help someone in need. His intelligence, diligence, and foresight made him a visionary in his field.
Services were held on November 16. May his memory be for a blessing.