James T. Van Loo died unexpectedly on May 1, 2013 at his home in Palo Alto, CA. He was born on May 23, 1945 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was the son of the late William R and Eleanor Van Loo. In 1967, Jim graduated with a B.S. in math from the University of Michigan. He also received an M.S. from the University of Florida.
Jim retired from Microsoft in 2009, where he worked on internet standards. Previously he was employed at Sun Microsystems as a software engineer in internet standards and graphics. He started his career at the General Electric Corporation in Orlando, Florida, where he worked on high performance graphics. An innovator, Jim held several patents related to computer graphics and internet standards.
Jim had a life-long interest in art, particularly the early Russian Modernists and the American Luminists. He was also interested in Russian silent films.
Jim is survived by his brother and sister-in-law William and Margaret Van Loo of San Francisco. He is also survived by two nieces, Elena Van Loo of Berkeley and Allison Van Loo of Sunnyvale, and two nephews, Bryan Van Loo of San Jose and Jonathan Van Loo and wife, Tatyana and daughters, Katya and Vika of Oakland.
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