Few men have had as large an impact on the world as John Warnock. Computer graphics pioneer, founder of Adobe, and holder of four University of Utah degrees, John Warnock passed away on Saturday, Aug. 19 at the age of 82.

While the world mourns the passing of the renowned philanthropist and founder of Adobe Systems Inc, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department mourns the loss of a beloved alum. Warnock’s impact on the world of software cannot be overstated—but neither can his impact on the University of Utah. It is to him and his wife, Marva, that we owe our thanks for the foundational gift that built the John and Marva Warnock Engineering Building.

Perhaps even more impactful than his philanthropy was John Warnock’s shining example to the students of the University of Utah. He exemplified diligence, ingenuity, and leadership. As he did so, he inspired the next generation of engineers and scientists to follow in his footsteps.

John Warnock’s legacy goes far beyond his pioneering work at Adobe. His legacy lives on in every person who studies, strives, and seeks to embody Warnock’s trailblazing, generous legacy.


Written by Marlee Jeppsen.