John and Mary McManus '84
John and Mary McManus ’84 have established the Loving-McManus Endowed
Fund for Computer Science at Randolph-Macon College. This fund will provide hardware
and software needs for faculty-student research, including robot kits, special hardware
for enhancing parallel-computing capabilities, and graphics packages.
“We are excited to give back to the Computer
Science Department and Randolph-Macon,” says John McManus. “We hope this
will allow the department to continue to provide excellent opportunities for students.”
President Robert R. Lindgren joins the college community in celebrating the McManus’s
“We are thrilled by the creation of this fund,” says Lindgren. “This gift will foster
faculty-student collaboration in a discipline that affects all of us in so many
John and Mary McManus met as students at Randolph-Macon in the early 1980s. After
graduating, Mary spent 15 years working for government contractors at the NASA Langley
Research Center in Hampton, Virginia providing computer programing, data analysis,
system administration and presentation graphics support to research scientists.
John earned his Ph.D. in computer science at the College of William and Mary and
worked on flight simulations systems at NASA before becoming the vice president
of research at Cigitial, a small startup company that focused on software quality,
reliability and safety.
John went on to serve as vice president of the Software Technology Center at Lucent’s
Bell Labs, technology officer and deputy chief Information officer at NASA, and
deputy chief information officer at the Department of Commerce.
In 2008 the couple moved to Redmond, Washington where John is currently the chief
information officer at Watermark Estate Management Services, LLC, a small, privately-owned
company based in Kirkland, Washington.
John and Mary are the proud owners of two boxer puppies, Thelma and Louise, who
provide constant entertainment.