The New Canaan Country School Alumni Council has announced that G. David Forney Jr., Class of ’54, will be presented with the 2016 Alumni Award.

Forney will return to campus at 10:30 a.m. Friday to accept the honor and to share highlights of his unique career as a pioneer in the field of data communications with students, alumni and guests.

Forney received a B.S.E. degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University in 1961, and M.S. and Sc.D degrees in electrical engineering from M.I.T. in 1963 and 1965. In 1965, he joined Codex Corporation, where he designed the first coding system to go into space for a NASA Pioneer deep-space mission in 1968.

In 1970, he developed the first modern high-speed telephone line modem, which was the basis of Codex’ subsequent commercial success. He served as vice president-research and development at Codex, and, after its acquisition by Motorola in 1977, as a vice president of Motorola, until his retirement in 1999. He has been an adjunct professor at MIT since 1996.