Dr. Oliver was Associate Professor, Dept. of Computer Science, USL; Adjunct Professor of Nursing; Microcomputers & CEU (Continuing Education); Vice President Emeritus, USL; Professor Emeritus, USL. He held a B.S., Chemistry, USL, 1950; an M.S., Chemistry, Tulane Univ., 1951; and a Ph.D., Chemistry, Tulane Univ., 1955.
From 1954-1959 Dr. Oliver served as an Associate Professor and Professor of Chemistry at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. In Summer, 1959 he attended the “Symposium on Frontier Research on Digital Computers” at the University of North Carolina, hosted by Dr. John W. Carr, III. Upon his return from the Conference he submitted a grant proposal to the National Science Foundation for digital computing equipment. In 1960, Dr. Oliver obtained our first computer, an IBM 1620, with National Science Foundation support, and established the USL Computing Center. He designed, developed, implemented and administered both the facilities unit and the academic offerings at USL.
In 1961, he started the “alpha” student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM): the first student chapter worldwide. He began the Master of Science Degree in Computer Science in 1964 and our first Computer Science degree was awarded shortly thereafter; he designed and implemented the Bachelor of Science degree in 1968; he established the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computer Science in 1970. With financial grants awarded him by the National Science Foundation he offered programs for high school students, college students, and college and university faculty members in computer science. In addition, the U.S. Office of Education awarded funds for 15 high school teachers to participate in an “Experienced Teacher Fellowship Program” at USL. They were expected to go back to their school systems and establish programs using computers in high schools.
From 1968 to 1981 he served as advisor to State agencies supervising and beginning to use computers for administration. He assisted in acquisition, conversion from manual operations, implementing automated procedures, and teaching of State employees; also, evaluation of results of automated operations was accomplished. During the 1972-73 academic year, on leave from the University, he served as Assistant State Superintendent of Education for Management, Research and Finance, and during that year he automated the Dept. of Education. He has served as Graduate School Dean and as Administrative Vice President at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Dr. Oliver was invited to contribute to the book, “Statewide Computing Systems: Coordinating Academic Computer Planning” by Charles Moshman. In his final years he devoted his writing for those who are not computer science professionals.
The CMPS department misses his vision and support.