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James "Bob" Biard '54 October 4, 2022 2:43 PM updated: October 4, 2022 2:54 PM

James Robert Biard
May 20, 1931 - September 23, 2022

James Robert (Bob) Biard, of McKinney, TX, passed away on Sept 23, 2022 at the age of 91. He was born to James Christopher Biard and Mary Ruth Biard May 20, 1931 in Paris, TX. His wife of 70 years, Amelia Ruth Clark, and he were married May 23, 1952.

Bob was a man who loved Jesus and loved people. He was an elder and Bible class teacher for decades at CARE Church. He gave his time and his money freely to people from all walks of life. He was a long-time board member for CitySquare in Dallas.

He played harmonica, guitar, piano, and the handsaw and sang a beautiful baritone. He had a harmonica act that he would perform for any group that asked. His fee was dinner. He always had a harmonica in his pocket, and you never knew when or where he might start playing. He especially liked to cheer up cranky toddlers with "Pop Goes the Weasel".

He had a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, where he graduated in 1957. While working for Texas Instruments, he discovered the Light Emitting Diode, or LED, and invented the Read Only Memory, or ROM, as well as numerous other electronic devices that laid the foundation for our modern computer and cell phone world. Bob was awarded over 70 patents over the course of his career. He worked for Spectronics, Honeywell, and Finisar after he left TI, and was working on the next generation of high-speed fiber-optic data link when he finally fully retired at age 84. He received numerous honors from a variety of organizations over the years.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Amelia; his children - James Clark (Heather) Biard, Jan (Paul) Thomas, and Becky (Michael) Roberts; his grandchildren - Lauren (Matthew) Freels, Ann Biard, Helen (Jordan) Kinser, Shannon (Cary) Walker, Shawn (Randi) Teamann, Thomas (April) Okon, Jessie (Kelsie) Rozendaal, Jamie Thomas, Christina Andreola, and Melissa Roberts; and his great-grandchildren - Jacob and Peter, Charli Kate and Beckham, Tyler, Jacob, and Briella, Madeline and Peyton, Adeline, and Lily.

Visitation is Saturday, October 1 from 4:00 to 6:00 at Restland Funeral Home. Memorial is Sunday, October 2 at 3:30 at Care Church, 1504 E Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX.

The family requests that donations be made to CitySquare in Bob's honor in lieu of flowers.

Published by Dallas Morning News on Oct. 2, 2022.

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