William Fetter when he worked for Boeing Aircraft
|Born||William Allan Fetter
March 14, 1928
Independence, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||June 23, 2002
Bellevue, Washington, U.S.
Cause of death
|Type I Aortic Dissection|
|Occupation||Director and CEO of Sirroco, a research corporation,
Chair of Design Department for SIU
Communications Design Director, Boeing, Seattle
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Shaffer Fetter|
|Relatives||Richard Fetter (Brother)|
William Fetter (1928-2002) was an American computer graphics art director. In 1964, while working for Boeing, he made the first computer model of a human body ("Boeing Man"). He coined the term Computer Graphics in 1960, to describe his work at Boeing.
Early Employment 1930-1960
Fetter graduated from grade schools in Independence/Inglewood, Missouri in 1941. He graduated Northeast high school in 1945 and completed US Army service in 1948. Attending Kansas City University, he then earned a BFA at the University of Illinois at Urbana in 1952. He continued as a Designer for the University of Illinois Press Art Division in 1950 – 1954. The Art Director rolls for Family Weekly and John Hicks Studios were from 1954 – 1959. He was Supervisor of Advanced Design Graphics at Boeing Wichita 1959 – 1963 leading to a landmark computer graphics patent and a similar role at Boeing Seattle 1963 – 1969. He became Vice President of Graphcomp Sciences Corporation in California 1969 – 1970. (From William Fetter, 2000)
- Wayne Carlson (2003) A Critical History of Computer Graphics and Animation. The Ohio State University
- William Fetter
- "Southern Illinois University design department"
- John Lansdown, "Not only computing - also art" (Computer Bulletin, March 1980)
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