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Alfred Bryan Bonds Iii A.B.

November 30, 1946 — April 10, 2022

Kingston Springs

Alfred Bryan Bonds III, aka A. B., age 75 of Kingston Springs, passed away on April 10, 2022.

He was preceded in death by his parents Alfred Bryan Bonds, Jr. and Georgia Anna Arnett Bonds.

He is survived by friend of the heart, Laraine Caldwell, sisters Anna Belle Bonds and Sandy Bonds, and brother-in-law, Joseph Gilg, and brother, Stephen Bonds, as well as members of his extended family.

A. B. received his A. B. from Cornell University in Physics, An M. S. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Electrical Engineering, and conducted Post-Doctoral Studies at Berkeley. He was Professor of Electrical Engineering, Emeritus; Professor of Computer Engineering, Emeritus; and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Emeritus at Vanderbilt University.

Bonds' research focused on the use of engineering methods and models to improve the understanding of information processing in the visual cortex. He is recognized for his work on spatial filtering, contrast processing and communication within organized, multi-cellular structures. In 1980, he joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at Vanderbilt and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1983 and Professor in 1991. Bonds served on the program committee of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and as an associate editor of Visual Neuroscience and of the Journal of Neuroscience. He became director of the Computer Engineering program in 1998 and director of undergraduate studies in electrical engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2003. Bonds was awarded the Madison Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 1989, the School of Engineering Professor of the Year Award in 1990, the Chancellor's Award for Research in 2005 and the Dean Edward J. White Award for Service in 2010.

A. B. was a brilliant, caring, intense and irreverent man. A. B. loved music, vintage radios and phonographs, and was especially fond of 1920s jazz. He was a member of the Nashville Community Concert Band, Nashville British Car Club, and the Rolls Royce Owners Club. His passion for antique cars was unsurpassed, with a love of both British and early American cars. He was a regular participant in the New London to New Brighton antique car run with his 1908 Buick. He was admired by all for his talents as a story-teller and educator with a passion for sharing his lifetime of knowledge. A. B. Bonds Memorial Facebook page:

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