Dr. Udo W. Pooch, PhD, P.E.71, of College Station, passed away on Sunday, August 24 at the College Station Medical Center. His family is following his request to be cremated and no public service. Cremation services are under the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral Home and Crematory.
Born in Berlin, Germany, Udo’s parents are Gerhard and Helen Andrejewski Pooch. He lived in various places including Montreal, Canada, Los Angeles, California and South Bend, Indiana before settling in College Station. Udo served in the United States Marine Corps for a number of years. In 1969 he received his PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Notre Dame; he received his Masters Degree in Computer Science from UCLA, in 1963 he received his BS in Physics from the University of California. He authored numerous books and is a Professor Emeritus after teaching for 45 years at Texas A&M University in the Computer Science Department.
Udo will be remembered as a loving son, father and grandfather.
Preceding him in death are his wife and parents.
His survivors include his son, Michael Pooch; his daughter, Nicole and Scott Frederickson; his grandchildren, Ashlee Pooch, Dylan Pooch, Jared Pooch and Victoria Peed and other family and friends.
Expression of condolences can made at callawayjones.com
I had the pleasure of taking care of Mr Pooch for over 3 yrs. He became one of my favorite pts. I will truely miss seeing him
Mike and Nicole – I am so sorry to hear about your Dad passing. You probably remember me – I was a Ph.D. student of his from 1988 – 1991. Your Dad was a major influence in my life. I hope the best for you, and both myself and my two girls (Kathy and Kris) have many wonderful memories of sitting around the pool with your Dad, your Mom, and you. I wish you the best, and will keep all of you in my prayers.
My condolences to the family. I remember Dr. Pooch as an instructor and advisor. His classes were tough but fair. He was a strong funding driver, and brought in many grants that helped the department and also helped many students through the degree program. Although he was not on my Ph.D. committee, I recall his advice was friendly. He had a good sense of humor. At the end of one of our classes in the summer, he hosted a pool party at his house. To me, that represented his spirit of sharing and fun. And that party is one of my best memories of Texas A&M and the camaraderie in the computer science department.
– Jeff Jilg, Ph.D. class of 1992
Udo was my teacher, my graduate advisor and my friend. I will miss him. I spent many hours with him on campus and at his home with his parents, his beloved wife and his children. He had a big heart. Rest in peace.
Thinking of you today…
Thinking of you Udo
Dr. Udo Pooch was my graduate adviser. I liked him so much. He was really a good man. We learned a lot from him. I am truly sorry about his death. May our prayers help hasten the journey of his soul to Heaven.
Dr. Pooch was an inspiration to me as an undergraduate senior at Texas A&M. His required course, CS 401 was (rumor had it), the most difficult “weed out” class for we Computing Science seniors, with a single, impossible lab: write the IBM 360/370 operating system. I will never forget the wry smile on his face as we presented our successful project to him in his office, and his accolade to us, the first team ever to complete this project: “Well, I guess you don’t need to take the final!” Dr. Pooch pushed us beyond where we thought we could go, and yet we went there. A life’s lesson I will be eternally grateful for and never forget. My thanks to you and your wonderful teaching and I hope somewhere you are teaching still in that great beyond…