H. True Seaborn
1987 Harry Hayman Award Recipient
“In recognition of his many years of excellent, dedicated, and innovative leadership and service to the Computer Society”
H. True Seaborn began his editing and technical publishing career nearly 25 years ago. Prior to joining the Computer Society, he held several writing and editing positions over a 10-year period in the aerospace and computer industries, including serving as editor of the TRW SPACE LOG at TRW Systems, applications writer at Computer Sciences Corporation and Computer Machinery Corporation and staff writer for Caltech’s Engineering and Science magazine.
Born in 1934 in Tecumsech, Oklahoma, Seaborn moved with his family to Trona, California, where he spent his youth. He began his postsecondary education at Chaffey Junior College in Ontario, California, and went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of California at Riverside, where he graduated with honors in 1958. He continued his studies under a Ford Foundation Fellowship at Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California.
Seaborn’s tenure as a Computer Society senor staff member began in the summer of 1973, when he succeeded John Kirkley, as editor and publisher of COMPUTER. Circulation of COMPUTER has since grown from 18,000 to 90,000, concurrently with its evolution into a magazine of international reputation under his leadership. Seaborn played the key senior staff role in launching IEEE COMPUTER GRAPHICS & APPLICATIONS and MICRO magazines in 1981, followed by IEEE DESIGN & TEST and IEEE SOFTWARE in 1984 and IEEE EXPERT in 1986.
In addition to overseeing the Computer Society’s magazine publishing program, the envy of the professional association community, Seaborn has been a major contributor to many other Society programs. With an initial staff of two full-time and two part-time people located in Northridge, California, and in addition to his responsibilities on COMPUTER, he handled the Society’s mail-order publication sales program, the progenitor of the Computer Society Press. The Society’s (then) major international technical conference, Compcon (later renamed Compcon Spring), was also supported by Seaborn and his staff. He was instrumental in launching the Society’s tutorial text program and the Tutorial Week series, has been active in other conferences, and in one way or another has been involved in almost every facet of the Society’s diverse programs. True relocated the Society’s California office to Long Beach in 1974 and, as operations expanded moved them again in late 1980 to Los Alamitos, where he was senior manager overseeing a total of 45 professional and support staff.
These accomplishments have earned him several awards including the IEEE Centennial Medal in 1984 and the Computer Society Special Award in 1979 (at the time the Society’s highest service award). Also, adorning his Los Alamitos office walls today are acknowledgements of appreciation signed by many Society leaders in recognition of his service. Among them: the Outstanding of Accomplishment for contributions to Compcon 74; Certificates of Appreciation for Compcon Spring 78 and 79, for contributions to Compsac 77, 78, and 79, and “In gratitude” for contributions to Compsac 1980 publications and publicity.
True Seaborn’s dedication, service, and leadership have been instrumental in the Society’s growth and success. His deep involvement in nearly every facet of current program has made him an invaluable counselor to volunteer and staff colleagues alike. While both loyal to and demanding of his staff, he is most demanding of himself. His efforts on behalf of the Computer Society are the epitome of the performance that the Harry Hayman Award was intended to recognize.