Gary Lindstrom died Monday January 10, 2022, at his home in Salt Lake City UT. Gary was born in Syracuse NY on January 8, 1944, the fourth child of Einar and Anita (Boudreau) Lindstrom. He attended Syracuse schools and enjoyed excelling in classes and in all his activities, achieving the rank of Eagle Scout and becoming a ham radio operator with contacts throughout the U.S. and abroad. He attended Carnegie-Mellon University, where he earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in mathematics, and a Ph.D. in computer science, and was an enthusiastic member of the Bagpipe band. He then taught at the University of Pittsburgh and married Sandra Kedzierski, before moving with Sandy in 1970 to Salt Lake City where he joined the faculty of the School of Computing at the University of Utah. He retired as Professor of Computer Science in July 2007, having made numerous contributions to his field and receiving the College of Engineering Outstanding Teaching Award, and serving as founding Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Parallel Programming. Gary and Sandy enjoyed raising their beloved Old English Sheepdogs, pursuing Gary's hobby of restoring and driving British Sports Cars from the 1950s and '60s, partaking in and running river rafting expeditions, and traveling abroad, always seeking the best cuisine they could find. Gary cared for Sandy during her gradual decline due to Alzheimer's disease until her death in 2013.
Gary is survived by his sisters, Shirley Gelman of Palm Desert CA and Janice Lindstrom of Marquette MI, many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews, many dear friends, and his feline companion, Chloe. Besides his parents and Sandy he was predeceased by his brother Philip, niece Ann Marie Clark, and brother-in-law Harry Gelman. He will be remembered for his kindness and generosity, wit and love of fun, and constantly upbeat attitude. His family feel deep appreciation for the loving care and comfort given to Gary by his friends, and especially Diane and Jim "Pugs" Pivirotto, during the illness that preceded his death.
A life so fully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered.
A Celebration of Life in loving memory of
GARY EDWARD LINDSTROM
January 8, 1944 – January 10, 2022
will be on Saturday, April 30, 2022
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Starks Funeral Parlor
3651 South 900 East
Salt Lake City, Utah