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A longtime senior executive at the Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC), a computer manufacturer, he joined Adaptec Inc. as President and Chief Operating Officer. He left Digital on July 1, 1992 and had held several senior management positions in 24 years with the company, last serving as Vice President of the Personal Computer Systems and Peripherals Operation. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he became interested in technology at an early age and got into electronics via ham radio, at the age of 13. He began college in 1962, and received a Bachelor’s degree. He then pursued his Master’s degree in Engineering, and for his Master’s thesis he built a double speed acoustic modem, and on the fly error correcting system for connecting a terminal to a computer, a teletype to a computer. He graduated in 1968 from Case Institute of Technology (later Case Western Reserve University). While he had offers from both IBM and DEC, he joined DEC in 1968. He is a founder and Director of InPronto, Inc., a dental services firm. He served as Chairman of the Board of Adaptec, Inc., a provider of high-performance input/output products, from August 1997 to August 1998, President and Chief Executive Officer of Adaptec from July 1995 to August 1998, and President and Chief Operating Officer of Adaptec from August 1992 to July 1995. He has been retired since August 1998. He is on the Board of Directors at Analog Devices, Inc. and Inpronto, Inc.
Noted For:Co-developer of a controller for DEC's first disk drive
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