William Kubitz

William Kubitz

URBANA – William "Bill" J. Kubitz of Urbana died Saturday (Aug. 5, 2017) at Meadowbrook Health Center in Urbana. He had been critically ill for several weeks.

Bill came to the University of Illinois in 1957 from Freeport, Ill., where he was raised and attended the local schools. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in physics in 1961 and 1962 and earned his Ph.D. from the Department of Electrical Engineering in 1968.

He joined the faculty of the Computer Science Department after graduation where he remained until his retirement in 2001. During his tenure with the CS Department, he helped develop the first PC Labs, was instrumental in networking the entire campus, facilitated the department's first online course offerings and was a key player in the design and building of the Thomas M. Siebel Center for Computer Science.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Hay Kubitz, whom he met at University Theatre at the U of I as an undergraduate. Also surviving are a daughter, Emily Hoffman (Michael) of Kirkland, Wash.; a son, James Kubitz (Kimberly) of Lawrenceburg, Ind.; and five grandchildren, Curtis Hoffman of Seattle, Drew Hoffman of Long Beach, Calif., and Anna, Evan and Leah Kubitz of Lawrenceburg, Ind.

He and his wife, Carol, traveled extensively during their 57 years together, visiting all seven continents except Antarctica. They enjoyed a host of performances each season at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and were faithful Illini fans of volleyball, basketball and football.

He will be honored at a memorial service at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at McKinley Presbyterian Church in Champaign. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts honoring William Kubitz may be sent to the C-U Symphony Orchestra, 701 Devonshire Drive, C24, Champaign, IL 61820.

ta79rich wrote on August 09, 2017 at 3:08 pm

Sorry to hear the passing of Prof. Kubitz.   I was a computer hardware specialist for the CS department starting in 1992 and Prof. Kubitz was the associate head at DCL and later Seibel Center.  I helped put together and maintain the labs at that time along with many other co-workers for the Computer Research Lab(CRL),which he also headed.  Prof. Kubitz attempted to keep us all in line thoughout the school year.  He definetly had a huge part in putting together the addtion to DCL and later Seibel Center. Prayers to him and his family.

Rich Myers