David Arthur Ault was born August 6, 1940 in Wenatchee, Chelan County,
Washington and passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 24, 2008 in
Seattle, King County, Washington at the age of 67. He was the son of
George Foster Ault of Edmonds and Ruth Genevieve Woodruff of Ritzville.
He graduated from Seattle's Roosevelt High School in 1958 where he was
active in Sea Explorers, swimming, and basketball. He did his
undergraduate and graduate work at Western Washington State College (now
University), receiving his Master of Arts degree in Mathematics in 1966.
In 1970, he was granted his doctorate in Computer Science at Pennsylvania
State University and then went on to teach in the East. He taught at
Virginia Tech University in Blacksburg, Virginia before moving to San
Diego and then returning to the Pacific Northwest. He was a member of the
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and was Program Director
of the Northwest Artificial Intelligence Group.
A longtime activist in the gender-rights movement, he participated in
trying to radify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S.
Constitution. He was especially active as a men's rights advocate in
Men's Rights, Inc. which promoted equal rights for both men and women. A
lover of Blue Grass music, he enjoyed attending festivals and was a
member of the Puget Sound Traditional Jazz Society.
His primary love was for genealogy and he was made an Honorary Life
Member of the Seattle Genealogical Society for his many contributions to
both SGS and the genealogical community in the Northwest. He chaired the
Society's Computer Interest Group, the oldest in the United States, and
was a leader in the Canadian Interest Group. He also co-chaired the
Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island State focus groups.
His contributions to the genealogical community are too many to mention,
but the Eastside Genealogical Society, of which he was also a member, the
Fiske Genealogical Library, and the Sno-Isle Genealogical Society all
will miss his willingness to help in any way he was needed. He was a
popular lecturer throughout the Pacific Northwest. His computer skills
endeared him to his friends and Dave was generous with his time and
talents in helping the technologically-challenged. Many will miss their
favorite "computer guru" who was known for his wit and wisdom. Dave never
met a stranger; his welcoming ways warmed many meetings. He was always
willing to lend his knowledge, expertise, and his computer equipment to
whatever task was at hand; his kind spirit was always a addition to every
meeting and event.
He was an avid researcher on his many New England families and was
currently studying the history of his ancestor, Stephen Hopkins, who came
to Massachusetts on the Mayflower in 1620. He was actively researching
the Matteson family. He was also of Irish and Scottish heritage and was a
member of the Clans MacLachlan and Gunn. For many years, he participated
in the Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games. He was also descended
from Revolutionary War patriots as well as Loyalists who fled to Canada.
In the past few years, he enjoyed traveling on research trips back to the
Midwest and East and attending national family reunions.