George T. Jacobi

Passed peacefully at his home in Milwaukee, WI., Saturday, September 15, 2018.
He was 96. Born in Mannheim, Germany he came to New York in
1940. He served in the United States Army Signal Corp during WWII. After the war
he earned his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at Ohio State University. He
worked 11 years for General Electric during which time he was granted 3 patents
and developed the first transistorized computer for the banking industry (ERMA).
He went on to work at IIT Research Institute where he was Director, Computer and
Management Research. Johnson Controls brought him to Milwaukee in 1977. He
retired in 1993 as Corporate Vice President-Technology. Throughout his life he
was actively involved in numerous professional affiliations. George was
cofounder of the American Society for Cybernetics serving on the Board of
Directors and receiving the Norbert Wiener Medal. George was a member of the
Chicago Literary Society and wrote an essay “In search Of Homunculus” which was
published in Perspectives in Biology. He was Dean of Engineering on the Deans
Council at the Univ. of Illinois-Champagne-Urbana for eight years. A patron of
the arts George served as President of the Florentine Opera and was on the Board
of Directors for Present Music. George was a longtime member and supporter of
the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Racine Art Museum. He also supported many local
artists and performing Arts events. George also served on the Board of the Next
Door Foundation. George is survived by his wife of 63 years, his Son, Daughter
In Law, three Grandchildren and Great Grandchild.

There will be a Celebration of George’s Life held at Northshore Funeral Services Chapel on Saturday, September 29 from 2-5:00 PM.

Messages for the family

  • Dearest Angela, What an extraordinary man the world has known in George. I’m so blessed to have wonderful memories of so many times with both of you. I am so sorry for the loss of your husband; you were an extraordinary partner and friend to him. He has earned a lasting peace now; I hold you and your family in my heart. With love, Pat

  • I had many on the job interactions with George at Johnson Controls. He was always a joy to work for, a great person, and obviously a really bright individual. I will miss him. He should be an inspiration to his Grandchildren and all those who knew him.

  • Dear Angela,

    I am so sorry to learn the sad news of George’s passing. He was a wonderful man and a good colleague on the Fine Arts Society. I have enjoyed knowing both of you over the years since your UWM days.
    Please accept my sincere condolences.
    Warmly and sadly,

  • Dear Angela and family,

    Dick and I were so very sad to hear about George passing. We just wanted you to know how sorry we are and thinking of you at this very difficult time. Peace be with you.

    Love, Mary and Dick

  • I am sorry for your loss. George was always a well loved FAS member and will be missed.

  • I shared experiences with George at Johnson Controls. I learned from George and enjoyed the experience.
    Best wishes to all of the family,