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UI computer science chairman killed in accident

DEARY, Idaho — The chairman of the University of Idaho Department of Computer Science was killed at his home in north central Idaho in a tractor accident.

Mark Manwaring, who was 61, was killed when he was pinned beneath a tractor he had been operating.

Manwaring, whose wife reported the fatal accident to the Latah County Sheriff’s Office Thursday evening, was doing landscaping on the older tractor when it flipped over, the Lewiston Tribune reported.

As a student at Utah State University, he contributed to the design of a communication system used on an early NASA Space Shuttle flight.

He became chairman of the University of Idaho’s computer science program in 2006.

That’s after previous positions at nearby Washington State University and Brigham Young University in Utah.