February 28, 1926 – December 20, 2015
In the early 1950s, as RCA was beginning to design color television vacuum tubes Francis X. Beck Jr., a newly graduated engineer from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was hired as an electronics designer that played a key role in the development of test equipment to evaluate early production prototype color television tubes. In his next assignment as a design engineer at RCA, he holds a patent in the design of equipment used to monitor and test the performance of a television transmitters broadcast signal. During the cold war of the 1960s, he participated in the development and design of hardware devoted to provide monitoring of the operation of a number of large radar systems identified as the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System (BMEWS). The subsystem to which he was assigned provided automatic fault and detection capability needed for maintenance of 24 hour readiness should a surprise ballistic missile attack on the United States ever occur. In 1972, as the UPC (Universal Product Code) was being developed he co-authored the patent design for a supermarket checkout stand with a stationary laser that allowed cashiers to drag groceries past the laser beam and drop them directly into the bag. In the winter of 1973, one of Becks prototypical checkout stands was donated to the Smithsonians National Museum of American History. The ceremony celebrating the bequest was jovial and somewhat informal, with the historic stand serving as an impromptu bar. In addition to all his work, Francis and his wife Shirley, adopted four of their six children. Three of the children were adopted through Welcome House, Pearl S. Bucks adoption agency. Then in 1978, they helped to establish the Love the Children adoption agency where they served on the board until the agency closed earlier this year. Francis also served on the Municipal Authority Board of East Goshen Township for 38 years. Francis passed away on December 20, 2015 at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife Shirley of 65 years, along with six children, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
1925 – 2021
Chester N. Benoit November 6, 2021 Chester “Chet” N. Benoit unexpectedly died at his home in Skaneateles on November 6, 2021, eight days after Eleanor D. Benoit, his wife of nearly 65 years, passed away from cancer. Born July 22, 1925 in Putnam, CT, he was the only child of Napoleon (Bill) and Loretta Benoit. He attended St. Mary’s School for elementary and middle school and then Putnam High School. As an advanced student, he was granted early admittance to Tufts University and started his studies there in January 1943, while receiving his high school diploma that June. In June 1944, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and was called for active duty in November. Upon completing his training as a paratrooper and demolition specialist, Chet was deployed in May 1945 with the 503rd Regimental Combat Team to Negros Island in the Philippines. Following the end of the war, he was assigned to the 11th Airborne Division in Japan where he served during the U.S. occupation. Upon his discharge from the Army in May 1946, Chet returned to Tufts, where he served as class president and was a member of Theta Delta Chi. Upon his graduation in 1949, he started a 45-year sales and marketing career in the electrical and electronic control industry, spending the last 14 years with Welch Allyn’s Electronics Division, which was an early innovator in the design and manufacture of bar code scanning technology. While at Welch Allyn, Chet was an early contributor to the establishment and expansion of the bar code industry trade association Automatic Identification Manufacturers (AIM), and he served as its president in 1992. He retired from Welch Allyn in 1994. He was a dedicated communicant of St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Skaneateles, a proud member of the American Legion Robert J. Hydon Post 239 in Skaneateles, and a long-time member of the Skaneateles Country Club, where he served on the board of directors. During his 53 years in Skaneateles, a community he loved so much, Benoit volunteered his time with numerous Central New York organizations, including the Oxford Street Inn, Unity Kitchens, Literacy Volunteers, FISH, Vera House, SAVES and Skaneateles Youth Hockey where he served as both a coach and longtime referee. Like his wife, Chet loved traveling and he was privileged enough to travel across the lower 50 states, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia. And like his wife, his favorite trips were to France, Italy and an Elder Hostel trip to Quebec, where they studied French for three weeks. Coming from a Quebecois family, in his younger years, Chet was a fluent French speaker and was educated by French-speaking nuns. Chet is survived by his four children: Jeffery Benoit (Donna) of Dennis, MA; Lisa Levinson of Delray, FL; Ellen Donovan (Todd) of Skaneateles; and Marc Benoit (Jenn Yackel) of Marcellus; and his eight grandchildren: Danielle Levinson, Matthew Benoit, Philip Benoit, Liam Donovan, John “Jack” Donovan, Aidan Donovan, Will Kirk and Caleb Kirk; sisters-in-law Joanne Lynch of Hooksett, NH and Martha Duffy of Lowell, MA; and eight nieces and nephews
Paul Bergé manages his own consulting firm, providing services to manufacturers and resellers in the Automatic Data Capture industry. The primary focus of these consulting services is in international business development. Service offering includes: International business development, Mergers & Acquisitions, International cultural due diligence and alignment, Post merger integration planning, expert witness services in business areas such as international business and trade, distribution channels and AIDC related matters. He currently provides benchmarking services to members of AIM Global. Prior to starting his own company, Paul Bergé worked in Japan for three years as Executive Vice President of Olympus Symbol, Inc., a joint venture company between Olympus Optical Co. of Japan and Symbol Technologies, Inc. of Long Island, NY. Mr. Bergé has held several positions at Symbol Technologies over a fourteen year period, including Vice President International Marketing and Managing Director of Symbol Technologies International based in Brussels, Belgium. He has been instrumental in the development of Symbol’s international business in Europe, Latin America, Australia, Asia and the Pacific Rim. Mr. Bergé’s involvement with the Automatic Data Capture industry started in 1975 when he joined the Plessey Company, a European pioneer in bar coding systems, in the capacity of Sales Executive Europe. Prior to Plessey, he worked for several years in the computer business for Philips Data Systems, Nixdorf Computer and ITT Europe Voice/Data Systems Division. Paul Bergé was the founding Chairman of AIM Europe and Scan Tech Europe in 1984. He is a past-chairman of AIM International. He was the recipient of the Scan Newsletter International award and he was the first non-American recipient of the 1989 Dichard R. Dilling award in recognition for his development work for the Automatic Identification industry in international markets. Paul Bergé has lectured on various Automatic Identification subjects at conferences around the world. He was invited by the United Nations to lecture on bar coding in China in 1988, in support of UN efforts to help China become a better exporting country by improving the quality of packaging and by implementing bar code systems. Paul Bergé wsas Vice President Business Strategy at Flextronics International where he is responsible for market and industry research, strategy development and merger and acquisitions. He was Vice President International Operations at Paxar/Monarch, in Miamisburg, Ohio. Paxar/Monarch is a company providing bar code printing solutions to a wide variety of industries, as well as traditional price labeling machines for retail and other industries. Paxar Corporation is the world leader in woven and printed labels for the apparel industry. Paul Bergé was a citizen of the Netherlands, became US citizen in 2001. He speaks Dutch, English, French and German fluently and has a working understanding of Italian and Spanish.
On January 28th 2020 our husband, father, grandfather, father-in-law and dear friend was unexpectedly and prematurely torn out of our lives.
A caring man, he is survived by his beloved wife Elisabeth, his daughter Pauline, his son Alexander with his wife Katja and his two loving grandchildren Leonie and Florine Bergé. Paul’s life was dedicated to his family and to all who were ready to accept his friendship. He shall be remembered as a generous man, a fighter who never gave up when times were more challenging and a gentle soul who simply and silently loved the people around him. Paul shall be missed dearly by everyone who ever had the pleasure of meeting him.
Befitting a truly global person who relentlessly traveled the world throughout his entire life and continued doing so at an age where most people prefer to rest, this obituary was being preceded by an overwhelming wave of reactions on social media from across the planet. This career was made possible only through the never ending support and encouragement provide by his wife Elisabeth, who accompanied him on his numerous adventures. Educated in business in the Netherlands and later naturalized US American citizen, his contributions to the Automatic Identification Industry are as numerous as they are significant. His legacy bestow upon him adjectives such as “the Rock”, “Towering”, “Mr. Barcode” and the “Big Bear”.
Scattered across the world, Paul’s immediate family were truly thankful for being able to be united and together in supporting him during his last moments.
Elisabeth, Pauline, Alexander, Katja, Leonie and Florine Bergé
He led the development of the first commercially successful barcode scanners and was widely considered the “father of the barcode industry,” died at his home in Duxbury, Massachusetts, on Saturday, March 12. He was 86. The cause of death was complications from ALS.
Now ubiquitous, barcodes on retail products are scanned at an estimated rate of more than 3 billion times per day, while manufacturing and service industries around the world have also been revolutionized by using barcodes to speed processing, limit errors, and manage inventory. Mr. Collins is named on several patents issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office that enabled broad, global adoption of barcode technology.
In 1959, Mr. Collins joined Sylvania Electric Products at its Applied Research Lab in Waltham, Massachusetts. There he created a system to track railroad cars labeled with a unique pattern of red, white, blue, and black bars. Bolted to the side of railroad cars on three-foot tall metal plates, these early “bar codes” could be read by laser scanners positioned along the tracks, accurately identifying the cars as they sped by.
Convinced this technique had applications well beyond the railroad industry, Mr. Collins left Sylvania in 1968 to found his own company, Computer Identics Corporation, in Westwood, Massachusetts. By 1970, the company had developed the first black and white barcodes, as well as helium-neon laser scanners capable of reading them, allowing other industries to benefit from them. The first applications were for a General Motors assembly line, scanning axles destined for new Pontiacs, and for package delivery, with precursors to the portable scanners now used by FedEx and UPS drivers worldwide.
At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Computer Identics scanners read the barcodes printed on badges for every athlete, journalist, and staff member. This novel security feature was so successful that every Olympic Games since then has adopted badges with integrated barcodes.
After stepping away from day-to-day management of Computer Identics in 1987, Mr. Collins formed a consulting, research, and educational firm called Data Capture Institute where he advised on advanced barcode solutions for large multinational corporations and for branches of the US Government, including the FAA, the Department of Defense, and the FDA.
David was a charter member of the AIDC 100.
In 2011, the United States Congress issued an official Certificate of Appreciation to Mr. Collins, recognizing him as “the father of the barcode industry.”
David Jarrett Collins was born the youngest of three children on February 11, 1936, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother was Margaret (Missett) Collins and his father was Walton R. Collins.
Mr. Collins attended La Salle College High School and joined the renowned Vesper Boat Club on nearby Schuylkill River, rowing to two national championships in his teens. In 1957, he graduated from Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering; he would later receive the school’s Morehouse Memorial Award for “outstanding achievement at the highest level.”
Moving to Boston, Mr. Collins earned a Master of Science degree in industrial management from MIT’s Sloan School of Management in 1959. It was at MIT that Mr. Collins traded in his rowing oars and learned to sail, soon becoming an avid competitor. Racing out of Duxbury Yacht Club and Beverly Yacht Club, in Marion, Massachusetts, he and his crews won numerous regattas in his boats, Resolute, Schuylkill Navy, X-Dimension (which he later donated to MIT’s sailing program), and Next Dimension. Notably, he competed in Edgartown Race Weekend, one of the nation’s top regattas, for 48 consecutive years, frequently winning his class.
With a lifelong love of the water, Mr. Collins and his wife, Joan Hacker Collins, enjoyed many winters at their home on the island of Kauai, generously hosting their visiting family and friends.
Mr. Collins is survived by his wife Joan of Duxbury; his son Jarrett and wife Lee of Wellesley, Massachusetts; his daughter Catherine and husband Erik Hall of Snohomish, Washington; his son Michael and wife Jill of Duxbury; his son Timothy of Saunderstown, Rhode Island; his son Peter and wife Meredith of Portsmouth, Rhode Island; his stepdaughter Libby Hacker and husband Jan den Dikken of Scituate, Massachusetts; his stepdaughter Leslie Overbye and husband Chris of Southborough,
Massachusetts; his stepdaughter Hilary Gately and husband Jeff of Duxbury; twelve beloved grandchildren; and his first wife Ann of Duxbury. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Walton, Jr., and his sister Margaret Collins Hemp.
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Dick Dilling was Vice-President for Marketing and Sales of Interface Mechanisms (now Intermec Technologies) from 1971 to 1982 the days before there was any established market for the then curiosity known as bar codes. In 1971, Dr. David Allais (an AIDC 100 member) of the company had invented a keyboard driven printer to produce pressure sensitive labels with the Plessey bar code, used with library systems in the UK. In the 70s, when the firms only product was this printer, at MHI trade shows, visitors would ask, Why would I want that device? The answers became easier when Intermec developed its own wand scanners and displays. Dick was tireless in his constant efforts to promote and find uses for the new technology. When AIM became an independent trade group, Dick was elected as the Vice-President; and his energy and enthusiasm were utilized in planning and staging in 1982 the first of the very successful Scan-Tech trade shows, which he repeated in 1983. Shortly thereafter he succumbed to cancer. In his honor and memory, AIM established in 1984 the Dilling Award given annually to an individual within the industry who has rendered outstanding service in the promotion of AIDC
07/15/1928 – 03/20/1017
Armen John Esserian, Inventor of the First Handheld Barcode Reader, Passes Away: Armen John Esserian of Lincoln, Mass., formerly of Cambridge and Lexington, passed away on March 20 with his loving family by his side. Beloved father of John A. Esserian and his wife Jennifer, Pamela Esserian, Melanie Jandl, and her husband James. Proud and cherished grandfather of John and Robert Esserian, Samantha and Jillian Jandl. Loving brother of Gloria Kapalis, Helen Esserian, and the late Madeleine Koshgarian. Many special nieces, nephews, cousins, and long-time companion the late Marie Burch. Armen John Esserian was born July 15, 1928 to Arika and Jack in Watertown, Mass. His formative interests included Cartography, Classical Music, Fine Art, and Middle East History. In his Senior Honors year at Watertown High, Armen authored La Mer, a compilation of oceanic poetry paired with charming marine-themed sketches. This hard covered treasure of creativity was inspired by Debussys symphony, La Mer. Armen was awarded a full ROTC scholarship to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Impeccably timed, his graduating class of 1950 was the final eligible year of acceptance for WWII recruits. Armens path to becoming an engineer was afoot. While studying Economics and Engineering, Esserian was also passionate about his aviation training. He often stopped by the family restaurant, Queens Lunch, before commuting by streetcar to classes in Cambridge. When the government no longer needed young servicemen after WWII, Mr. Esserians aviation dreams were replaced with another vision. After his MIT graduation, his career path led to the Star Market Supermarket chain. Amidst the food industry, Armen also known as John, applied his state-of-the-art insights. In 1957 he posted a letter to himself (MIT Library Archives), outlining a vision that would revolutionize the grocery industry forever. This historic letter included a block diagram of a computerized check-out System using a handheld scanner and pricing via data codes. In 1960, as president of his new company, Character Recognition or CHARECOGN, Inc., John designed a black and white circular SUNBURST to encode data. Charecogn, Inc. developed cutting-edge technology that created a scanner device that read the sunburst codes, which held numerous US Patents. In August 1970, Charecogn, Inc. demonstrated the ease of bar code scanning to the USDA, who originally used this technology in the New England dairy industry. The USDA press release of this 1970 demo stated CHARECOGN SYSTEMS, INC. is the first firm to develop a working trial model. The event was covered by NBC, ABC, BBC, Wall St. Journal, Wash. Post. John was deluged for demo requests of his invention from Paris to the Pentagon. In 1999 John attended The Smithsonian Museum of Washington, D.C., where an exhibit detailing the invention of the product identification code and highlighting Johns contributions specifically was unveiled. Funeral services at Saint James Armenian Church, 465 Mount Auburn Street Watertown on March 24 at 11 a.m. Visiting hours at the Aram Bedrosian Funeral Home, 558 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown on March 23, from 4-8 p.m. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Saint James Armenian Church or Armenian Museum of America (65 Main Street, Watertown, Mass. 02472). Interment at Mount Auburn Cemetery.
1941 – 2008
James Frederick Fales “Jim” of Athens, at the age of 66,departed this world and was taken home to be with our Lord on Sunday, August 3, 2008 at OBleness Memorial Hospital after suffering a stroke on a church mission trip in Romania. He was born in West Palm Beach, Florida on December 6, 1941, the son of the late Franklin A. & Ruth Ufford Fales. A Professor Emeritus at Ohio University, Dr. James Fales was the former Chair of the Industrial Technology Department for 20 years and Director of the Center for Automatic Identification. He was Loehr professor emeritus and served as the Associate Director of the Robe Leadership Institute and Leader-in-Residence in the Global Leadership Center at Ohio University. He was also a recipient of the Don Percival Award and was recently awarded a distinguished alumni award from Texas A&M University. Jim held previous teaching posts at Purdue University and Texas A&M University and was considered one of the nations foremost educational authorities on bar coding. Jim is a graduate of Lake Worth (FL) High School, University of Miami (B. Ed.) and Texas A&M University (M. Ed. & P. Ed.). He was a Certified Manufacturing Engineer (CMfgE), a Certified Enterprise Integrator (CEI) and a Certified Engineering Manager (CEM). He received numerous awards for outstanding teaching and contributions to education, associations, business and industry. He was a frequent speaker at conferences and has authored many textbooks and articles. He was an active member, Sunday school teacher and former deacon at Albany Baptist Church where he served dutifully for the past 22 years. Jim is survived by his adoring wife Sharon; children Scott (Stacey) Fales, Jennifer Fales (Greg Morris), Beth (Reno) Carifa and Mark (Jessica) Fales; grandchildren, Sarah, Jake, Allison, Cameryn and Colin Fales; siblings Jane Roney, Don Fales and Cliff (Georgia) Fales; and by many loving nieces and nephews.
Milton Field March 9, 1917 – Jan. 5, 2009 In addition to his son, he is survived by a daughter, Lori Ellen Concilio of McDonald; two sisters, Irene Schepartz of Tallahassee, Fla., and Lois Shapiro of Pittsburgh; and two granddaughters. Milton Field 91, who devoted his working life to codes — first breaking Japanese codes for the U.S. Army during World War II and later developing bar codes used on consumer goods. The Hill District native graduated at age 16 from Schenley High School in 1933 and got a job at James H. Matthews & Co., which later became Matthews International, a Pittsburgh firm whose products include stamping and marking materials. While beginning what would become a nearly 50-year career with Matthews, Mr. Field studied printing at Connelly Trade School and later at Carnegie Institute of Technology, a predecessor to Carnegie Mellon University, where in 1940 he earned a degree in print management and graphic arts. When Mr. Field enlisted in the Army in August 1941, he was selected to train as a code breaker for the Signal Corps and the following year was sent to New Guinea in the South Pacific. “Bad days for the Allies. We were on the defensive with minimal forces,” Mr. Field told The Pittsburgh Press in a 1978 interview. But the young soldier was on the team that decoded an intercepted message that detailed Japanese plans to attack New Guinea in early 1943. Using the advance information, Allied air forces assembled bombing crews and eventually won a major victory in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. Mr. Field’s unit received a Presidential Citation for its efforts and Mr. Field also earned three Bronze Stars during his military service, said his son, James Field of Mt. Lebanon. Milt Field is truly one of the founding fathers of the Auto-ID industry. When the U. P. C. Symbol was introduced, Milt immediately recognized the great potential in this technology. At this time, working at Matthews International Corporation, he became a pioneer in the implementation of this technology across a wide range of applications. Milt created the Symbol Systems business unit at Matthews, a major supplier of plates to the printing and graphics industry. This unit started out creating U. P. C. bar code symbol artwork using a labor intense method to produce the film masters. Recognizing the need for faster, more efficient and a more accurate method for producing masters, Milt worked with Perkin-Elmer Corporation (and Harry Palmer, who later founded RJS) to develop a state of the art photo-plotter (micro-densitometer) that quickly and accurately produced symbol film masters to a tolerance of ±5 microns. Again, working with Harry Palmer, Milt obtained for Matthews the initial exclusive sales and marketing rights for the first automatic bar code verification device, the Matthews Micro-Chek (also known as the Auto-Scan). This unit was, for many years, the only device capable of verifying a film master to the ±5 microns spec. In the mid-1970s the U.P.C. program was struggling to become accepted. [In fact in 1976 Business Week published an article headlined The Supermarket Scanner That Failed.] Milt developed a series of educational seminars sponsored by Matthews to promote symbol source-marking to supermarket suppliers, a first for any AIDC equipment vendor. Milt championed the technology to a broad range of industries; and was particularly influential in the adoption of the U.P.C. by the magazine, recording and alcoholic beverage industries. Because the Graphics Division of Matthews was a major supplier of plates for printing on corrugated, both in the U.S. (14 plants) and Europe, Milt was a pioneer in the development of the SCC using the Interleaved Two of Five symbology. He was a charter member of the Distribution Symbology Study Group (DSSG) that developed the specifications for the SCC, a major initial step toward the use of barcodes in logistics and warehouse management. Milt received a BA in Graphic Arts from Carnegie Institute of Technology (latter to become Carnegie Mellon University).
10/19/1943 – 10/21/2011
Allan Gilligan was born in Queens, New York on October 19, 1943. He graduated Andrew Jackson High School in 1961. He received his Associate of Applied Science degree from Queensborough Community College in 1964. He received his Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Newark College of Engineering in 1973, and he received his Masters of Science in Industrial Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 1978. He worked for Bell Labortories, AT&T, and Lucent Technologies for 34 years, developing worldwide standards for the bar code industry. His expertise was brought into the national standards bodies with his active participation and leadership in the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Materials Handling MH10.8 committee, the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) Industrial Bar Code subcommittee and the Telecommunications Industry Forum (TCIF) Bar Code Transaction Label subcommittee. Under his leadership the first national and telecommunication industry standards for bar code shipping and receiving labels and a revolutionary new standard for measuring bar code print quality were issued. These standards have been the benchmarks for current international bar code standards development in both Europe and Japan. In 1986 Allan received the Don Percival Award from AIM USA and SCAN Newsletter for his leadership and innovation in bar code equipment evaluation and standards development. In 1995 Allan received the Engineering Award of Excellence from the Electronic Industries Alliance for his leadership role in developing standards and technology within the electronics industry. He retired in June 2001 and continued to work with bar code standards as an independent consultant. He was a member of King of Kings Church and of the Free and Accepted Masons. He battled with melanoma cancer since February 2011, and was extremely grateful for the excellent treatment and care he received at Memorial Sloan-Kettering during that difficult time. Allan Gilligan is predeceased by his parents, Ruth and William Gilligan. He is survived by his beloved wife of 43 years, Nancy (Jessen) Gilligan; his daughter, Kristine (Gilligan) Waide and her husband Dustin Waide; his son, Kirk Gilligan and his wife Heidi (Smith) Gilligan; his sister, Cindy (Gilligan) Mayer and her husband William Mayer; and his grandchildren, Gavin Waide, Nolan Waide, and Wayman Waide.
Co-Founder of AIDC 100 George Goldberg, former editor and publisher of SCAN Newsletter, died on December 10, 2003 at North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, LI from cardiac arrest due to complications from pneumonia. George was born on March 19, 1925 in Harlem, New York City, the second son of a retail salesman of fabric for women’s dresses. Both his parents had been youngsters from Russia who spoke no English when they arrived in the U.S. by boat from Europe, via Ellis Island, just after the turn of the century. Their poor families had settled in Brooklyn in search of the American dream. George graduated from Lafayette High School in Brooklyn in January 1942, two months short of his 17th birthday and one month after Pearl Harbor. After completing a year at City College of NY, he was drafted in May 1943, after he turned 18. He trained for half-a-year in the Army Air Corps to be an officer/navigator, but, after the Battle of the Bulge, he was transferred to the regular Army and served in France and Germany for 14 months as a private in the headquarters unit of the Seventh Army, 63rd Division, 253rd Regiment. After the war, he graduated from City College of NY in 1948, majoring in statistics, and then received a Masters in business administration from NYU two years later. His first job, in Manhattan, was project leader for three years with a market research agency specializing in surveys of young people. His next position, also in NYC, was as chief statistician for a newly-formed Department of Defense joint procurement agency. In 1954, he joined a diversified American Stock Exchange-listed company, Kleer Vu Industries, headquartered in Manhattan, which manufactured and marketed plastic products and microfilm equipment. He was with the firm for 18 years, serving as general manager, executive vice president, and then president/CEO. In 1975, George and his wife, Teddy, co-founded their own company, GGX Associates, Inc., devoted to products for the just-emerging automatic identification/data capture (AIDC) industry. GGX, based in Great Neck, NY became one of the leading marketers of film masters and pressure sensitive labels for UPC and other bar code applications. The company was sold in 1992. There were no publications in the mid-1970’s covering the fledgling AIDC industry. To fill this need, George began publishing SCAN Newsletter in September 1977 – at first with fewer than 100 subscribers. At that time, auto ID simply involved bar coding; and bar coding was almost exclusively supermarket checkout scanning. Over the next two decades, the industry grew to include many ADC-related technologies with worldwide applications in retailing, manufacturing, distribution, transportation, healthcare, communications, and federal and local government operations. SCAN was a unique management and marketing newsletter covering worldwide developments in bar coding, radio frequency (RFID and RFDC), and related AIDC technologies. In 1982, SCAN established the prestigious, annual Percival Award recognizing special contributions to AIDC by individuals or organizations from the user community. When SCAN Newsletter was sold to Corry Publishing in 1996, it had paid subscribers in twenty-six countries. George remained Contributing Editor of SCAN: The DATA CAPTURE Report. George conducted seminars on bar coding in the US, Canada, Europe, Russia, and China; he was the technical advisor to the book publishing industry committee on bar coding; he served as a member of the ANSI committees which established standards for package marking; he has written articles on AIDC for numerous publications. He was particularly proud of his most recent achievement as a co-founder of AIDC 100, an organization of the leading professionals from the AIDC industry. Under his leadership and guidance, the Melville Library at the State University of New York at Stony Brook has established a Special Collection for the AIDC 100 Industry archive. George is survived by his wife of 55 years and longtime business partner, Teddy. They had two sons and a daughter. Jeff, 53, is an author and TV producer in Washington, DC; Robbi, 49, is an artist in E. Moriches, LI; David, 42, is a music composer, who lives with his wife Nanci in Port Washington, NY and George’s baby grandson, Jonathan.
Behind many successful companies and industries, there are “silent” contributors who are most influential. In this case, Teddy Goldberg has been a strong and contributory partner to her late husband Georges many deeds that did so many positive things to help shape our industry. To this day, Teddy continues in a very active role within the AIDC 100 and is a valued asset. For all that she has contributed and continues to contribute, it was deemed that she become an Honorary Member of this prestigious organization with full privileges.
July 27, 1929 – June 12
from the New York Times… Alan Haberman, who ushered In the Bar Code, dies at 81 On a summer morning in 1974, a man in Ohio bought a package of chewing gum and the whole world changed. At 8:01 a.m. on June 26 of that year, a 10-pack of Wrigleys Juicy Fruit gum slid down a conveyor belt and past an optical scanner. The scanner beeped, and the cash register understood, faithfully ringing up 67 cents. That purchase, at a Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, was the first anywhere to be rung up using a bar code. Today, trillions of beeps later, what was once a novel technology with uncertain prospects is so widespread as to be almost invisible. It informs nearly every aspect of modern life, providing a means for people to buy and sell things, couriers to track packages and airlines to locate (in principle, anyway) lost luggage. This transformation, industry experts say, is largely because of the work of one person, a supermarket executive from Massachusetts named Alan L. Haberman, who died on Sunday at 81. Mr. Haberman did not invent the universal product code, or U.P.C., as the most prevalent type of bar code is formally known. But it is to him that its sheer black-and-white ubiquity and familiar graphic form are primarily owed. His death, in Newton, Mass., was of complications of heart and lung disease, his family said. Born of an effort to modernize the grocery industry, the U.P.C. standardized the way consumer product information is represented in the electronic age. It has spread to every corner of human endeavor, creating an unlikely global family of bar-coded bedfellows that includes bran flakes and books and bananas, bus tickets, babies and bees. Tens of millions of different objects have acquired bar codes over the years; each day, more than five billion of the codes are scanned in retail establishments worldwide, according to GS1 US, the nonprofit organization based in Lawrenceville, N.J., that issues and administers the codes. Mr. Haberman led the industry committee that chose the bar code over other contenders circles, bulls-eyes and seemingly random agglomerations of dots in 1973. By all accounts, he spent years afterward cajoling manufacturers, retailers and the public to accept the strange new symbol, which resembles a highly if irregularly compacted zebra. His efforts helped cement the marriage between the age-old practice of commerce and the new world of information technology. Alan Lloyd Haberman was born in Worcester, Mass., on July 27, 1929. He earned a bachelors degree in American history and literature from Harvard in 1951 and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1953. After a brief career on Wall Street as a stock analyst, he joined Hills Supermarkets, a Long Island chain, as executive vice president. In the mid-1960s, after a merger with E. J. Korvette, the discount retailer, Mr. Haberman was named president of Hills-Korvette Supermarkets. He was later the chief executive of Finast, a Massachusetts-based supermarket chain. The bar code dates back to the 1940s, when two graduate students at the Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia, Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver, developed it for use in grocery stores. They received a patent in 1952, but because scanning technology was poor then, their invention went largely unused. Over the next two decades, some manufacturers and retailers put their own product coding systems in place, but one companys system was usually unintelligible to anothers. As Stephen A. Brown, the author of Revolution at the Checkout Counter, a history of the bar code, explained in a telephone interview, The grocery product manufacturers Kelloggs, General Mills, people like that they were terrified at the thought that they would soon be facing conflicting demands from their customers: that Safeway would ask them to put on a symbol that was a semicircle, that Kroger would ask them to put on a symbol that was a square, and so on. Mr. Brown, a former general counsel to the Grocery Manufacturers of America and later to the Uniform Code Council, as GS1 US was previously known, was present during the bar-code selection process. By the early 1970s, amid rising inflation, supermarkets wanted to cut labor costs by automating the ways their wares were stocked, inventoried and rung up. A committee of executives was convened, with Mr. Haberman as its chairman, to choose a standard symbol that could be used nationwide to encode product data electronically. By this time the Woodland-Silver patent had lapsed, and the committee examined submissions from more than a dozen technology companies. As Mr. Brown recalled, Mr. Haberman soon came to favor a design of black-and-white vertical bars, created by George J. Laurer of I.B.M. and inspired by the Woodland-Silver model. The design would print crisply, which meant scanners could read it clearly. Through its varying patterns of thick and thin bars, it could efficiently represent the 11 digits needed to encode data about manufacturer and product. (Today, U.P.C. codes typically have 12 digits.) Mr. Habermans committee comprised more than half a dozen type-A businessmen, and discussion could be fractious. At one meeting, in San Francisco in the early 1970s, as Mr. Browns book reports, Mr. Haberman found a spectacularly good way to smooth dissent. First he organized a dinner at one of the citys finest restaurants. Then he took everyone to a local movie theater to see Deep Throat. Not long afterward, the committee voted unanimously for the I.B.M. bar code, adopted in April 1973. Mr. Haberman, who lived in Natick, Mass., is survived by his wife, the former Natalie Diamond; two children, Arthur Haberman and Jeanette Gannon; two sisters, Elaine Feldman and Arnalee Cohen; and five grandchildren. A daughter, Nan Haberman, died before him, as did a grandson. As a founder and longtime board member of the Uniform Code Council, Mr. Haberman was for decades an ambassador for automated product identification in all its forms, from the bar code to newer technologies like radio frequency identification, now used by some retailers. Go back to Genesis and read about the Creation, he told The Boston Globe in 2004. God says, I will call the night night; I will call the heavens heaven. Naming was important. Then the Tower of Babel came along and messed everything up. In effect, the U.P.C. has put everything back into one language, a kind of Esperanto, that works for everyone. That language is everywhere. At hospitals throughout the world, newborns are identified by means of bar codes on bracelets. Marathon runners take to the streets, bar codes on chests. Scientists tracking the movements of honeybees have glued tiny bar codes onto their backs. In recent years, the new generation of two-dimensional, cellphone-scannable bar codes heirs of the U.P.C. code has let consumers track the lowest price of a favorite product or scan a real estate sign to see photos of a house for sale. And today, in Washington, somewhere in the bowels of the Smithsonian Institutions National Museum of American History, lies a 37-year-old, bar-coded package of Juicy Fruit gum. Part of the museums permanent collection, it is an unassailable, if by now unchewable, piece of the national past.
Craig Kenneth Harmon, 67, suffered a sudden heart attack at his home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Thursday, July 3, 2014 and was declared deceased at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Visitation is scheduled on Wednesday, July 9 from 5:00 7:00 p.m. at Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home, 1825 W. 12th Street, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613. The funeral will also be held there at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 10. Burial with military honors will follow at Cedar Valley Memorial Gardens north of Cedar Falls, on Waverly Road. Memorials may be directed to the family in care of Dahl-Van Hove-Schoof Funeral Home. Craig will be missed very much by his family. Surviving are his wife, Marsha; two children, Suzanne (James) Stenson OBrien, Minneapolis, MN and Matthew (Natascha) Harmon, Minneapolis, MN; one step-daughter, Kari (Curt) Rozeboom, Pt. Byron, IL; his father, C. Kenneth Harmon, Crystal, MN; a sister, Konni (Steve) Finical, Golden Valley, MN; and five grandchildren, Axel Stenson, Bradley Litz, Jr., Emma OBrien, Noah Rozeboom and Sydni Rozeboom. Craig was preceded in death by his mother Helene Van Mill Harmon and an infant son Jon Harmon. Craig attended Kingsley Elementary School in Waterloo, Cedar Heights Elementary in Cedar Falls, and then Peet Junior High and Cedar Falls High School (class of 1965). He married Jacklyn Breithaupt of Cedar Falls in October 1963. They were later divorced. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965, and was assigned to the Key Largo radar station in Florida. He proceeded to Fort Monmouth, NJ for an AT&T school for the Signal Corps, a communication link between Vietnam and Washington, DC. He was later assigned to Phu Lam in Vietnam, and served a total of three years with an Honorable Discharge in 1968 as Corporal in the United States Army. He attended the University of Iowa where he received a Bachelors of Business Administration in economics and international relations, and married Jane Ihry of Royal, Iowa. They were also later divorced. Craig was a visionary and pioneer in technology, first at Northwestern Bell inventing the first 2400 Baud Modem, and later, with Norand Corporation in Cedar Rapids. In 1981, he founded Q.E.D. Systems, a consulting firm providing education and standards development for automatic identification technologies such as bar codes (found on packages), two-dimensional symbols such as the QR code and PDF 417 (found on drivers licenses), radio frequency identification (RFID) and real time locating systems (RTLS). He wrote several books, articles, and papers on the various technologies. Most notably, he was the author of Reading Between The Lines An Introduction to Bar Code Technology. More copies of the text have been sold than any other book relating to bar code technology. Craig was the recognized leader of numerous standards organizations, the founder of JTC 1/SC 31, he chaired numerous committees, founded many groups, served as a subject matter expert and expert witness, helped develop the Federal Express package tracking system. He was a well-known speaker and enjoyed traveling the world while developing international technology standards, and giving educational presentations for members of the industry he loved. His most recent foray was to harmonize the The Internet of Things, the accelerating development of connected information systems that work together in our physical world, like info systems for cars, refrigerators, home utility systems, watches, etc. Craig will be missed throughout the industry and by his many friends and colleagues worldwide.
Dr. Albert Heijn
Dr. Albert Heijn
1927 – 2011
Albert Heijn, who died in January 2011 at age 83, played a key role in turning his family’s Dutch grocery chain into the international food retailing group Royal Ahold, which owns more than 3,000 supermarkets in Europe and the US. He also pioneered many features of modern supermarkets, such as standardised barcodes and own brands. Ahold, which includes such American chains as Bi-Lo, Giant Food Stores and Stop & Shop, had revenues of more than 29bn ($39bn) in 2010. The original family company founded in 1887 by Heijn’s grandfather — also called Albert — is the Dutch equivalent of Britains Tesco or Sainsbury, with more than 800 stores. Nicknamed Appie by the Dutch, it is credited with introducing many customers to exotic foods and ready-made meals. Heijn was among the first supermarket bosses to introduce sell-by dates, organic and other private label products as well as bonus or club cards and the machine-readable barcode system at check-outs. In the early 1970s, he was a driving force behind the international barcode standard used in most countries today. He and his younger brother, Gerrit Jan Heijn, oversaw the family companys expansion until Gerrit was kidnapped and murdered in 1987 in spite of payment of an undisclosed ransom. Heijn retired two years after his brothers death but rather than Monte Carlo or the Dutch Caribbean, he settled in a castellated mid-19th century mansion outside the sleepy English village of Pudleston, Herefordshire, on an estate dotted with ornamental lakes and a herd of imported alpacas. He and his fourth wife, Monique Everwijn Lange, whom he married in 1992, became philanthropists in the local community. He set up a company, Eign Enterprise based on the way English neighbours pronounced his name which created what became known as the Left Bank village, a complex of shops, bars, restaurants and a conference centre on the banks of the river Wye. Described as a little corner of England that is forever Holland, the village brought vibrancy to the area for a while but ultimately proved unprofitable and was sold. Born in Zaandam in the Netherlands in 1927, the young Albert was diagnosed with polio while still at school and spent his latter years in a wheelchair. He studied economics at the University of Amsterdam before graduating from the Nyenrode School of Business, now Nyenrode Business University, and joined the family business. His training included stints with the Swiss Migros chain in Zurich and with Pearks and Maypole in London. He introduced Heijn supermarkets magazine, AllerHande, which today has a monthly circulation of more than 2m. He became chief executive of Albert Heijn in 1962, and of the parent company Ahold in 1973. His motto was: You dont sell on behalf of your suppliers you buy on behalf of your customers. I want my customers to feel fun, convenience and trust. When he retired, he donated a statue that stands outside the companys headquarters. Depicting a customer carrying shopping bags, the statue, nicknamed Beppie by the Dutch, bears the inscription: Lest we forget for whom we work. I may be a born businessman, but I still feel more empathy for the shopper than for businesses who are only concerned with their stock price and their latest takeover bid, Mr Heijn said in an interview. Im proud that my passport lists my profession as grocer. Its one of the finest professions in the world. He is survived by his wife Monique and his son Albert from his first marriage to Herma Schipper. from The Financial Times Limited 2011.
Fred was an engineer and physicist, who helped develop several technologies that are now a part of everyday life. Over Fred’s 35-year career, he won numerous awards, and held over 50 patents. His life was filled with extraordinary richness of family, friends, travel and adventure, projects and inventions, sports cars, music and wildlife.
Fred was born in the Bronx and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Fred’s first love was music, and he became a proficient trumpet player in his youth, playing gigs at weddings, bar mitzvahs and jazz clubs. The thrill of jam sessions soon gave way to the exhilaration of scientific discovery as he turned to science and technology, graduating summa cum laude from City College of New York with an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering.
In 1962, while pursuing his PhD in solid-state physics from Princeton University, and working at RCA Laboratories, Fred was the co-inventor of the first working MOS integrated circuit, incorporating 16 transistors.
After leaving RCA Fred became the head of Mars Electronics, a division of the Mars Candy Company. His team at Mars developed the first fully electronic coin mechanism for use in vending machines.
While working at Symbol Technologies in the early 1990’s Fred led a team to create one of the first mobile handheld computers – complete with operating system, applications, wireless connectivity and a built-in bar code scanner. It was called the “integrated scanning terminal,” and was a precursor to smart phones, which would be introduced 15 years later. At this time, Fred became a prominent figure in the creation of the 802.11 IEEE standard for LAN communications, later known as Wi-Fi. Fred and Symbol wrote the first Wi-Fi specification, developed the first Wi-Fi chips and released the first products. He retired from Symbol in 1999.
Fred met and married Peggy, the love of his life, in Philadelphia and they embarked on their life of adventure. In 1983 they moved to California, where both worked at Intel Corporation. Life in California led to a love of scuba diving and underwater videography. Fred and Peggy traveled the world in search of sea creatures large and small. Fred garnered recognition from the international underwater photography community, including the Stan Waterman Award for Excellence in Underwater Videography. Fred developed a passion for wildlife, ultimately traveling to over 60 countries to film and photograph most of the major animal species in their natural habitats. Fred’s YouTube channel includes many of his wildlife and underwater films, with “Lions of the Kalahari” (https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=_ISjOqSUp68) garnering over 1.2 million views.
Music never left his life, and it was opera that fueled his passion in the couple’s retirement years. Fred and Peggy used their skills to film every opera produced by Opera San José to create promotional videos and commercials. Fred served as Vice President of the Board of Trustees, as well as Chair of the Long-Range Planning Committee.
Woodworking became Fred’s other passion during his retirement. He challenged himself, using his love of art and technology to design and build intricate, original pieces, which fill the homes of his beloved family.
Fred was first and foremost, the patriarch and leader of his extended family. He led by example, with kindness, generosity, warmth and compassion. Graced with many talents and a wellspring of love, Fred leaves behind a beautiful legacy of technological innovations, wood sculptures, wildlife videos and records of annual family get-togethers.
He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Peggy and their children; Susan Fitzgerald (Mike), Lynn Newman (George), Rachel Heiman, Mitchell Levy (Alex), Stuart Levy (Christine), Lauren Skye (Eric) and his grandchildren, Claire (Christopher), Lily, Duncan, Sophie, Willa, Taylor, Madison and Ethan.
Obituary: Peter Charles Hicks died peacefully in Oxford on 17th April 2013, aged 86. Dear father of Michael and Patrick, father-in-law of Sarah and Jackie and grandfather of Charlie, Georgina, Peter, James and William. Funeral service was held at Weston-on-the-Green Parish Church on Monday, 29th April 2013. Peter lived an intense and colorful life in which his entrepreneurial spirit guided him in various directions. This culminated in the creation of a company called Symbol Services which later became the Axicon Group of companies. Peter and his deceased wife Jenny started in the barcode business by selling and later also making film masters. Peter was one of the drivers of AIM in the UK and was a charter member of AIDC 100.
1932-1996 Legacy Member When Dick Mindlin prepared to retire as the first staff head of the UCC, the Board decided his successor should be an educator and motivator, skilled in the development and implementation of education programs. The development of the U.P.C. was complete and the grocery industry was well on its way to full use. The Board considered education the Code Councils primary ongoing function. In the spring of 1983, a search was initiated to find such a candidate. The winner was Harold Juckett, a career Xerox executive with a significant background in customer education and training. He matched almost perfectly the profile for a successor to Mindlin, Juckett made his first appearance at the November Board meeting, a month before he became an employee. After Mindlins retirement, Juckett began to develop his image of what the UCC should be. In his vision, UCC standards should be expanded beyond the grocery industry and across the ocean. It was Hal Juckett who recognized that the UCCs future lay in global supply chain management. When he joined UCC, it had a staff of 7.
Dr. Patrick King
Dr. Patrick King
515 Michelin Road, Greenville, SC 29605
Dr. King is the current leader for global electronics strategies for Michelin. His activities heavily involve external electronics supplier relations as well as product development program support around the world. Prior to joining Michelin Dr. King was founder of Technologies ROI, LLC consulting within the Supply Chain Industry and before that VP. Engineering for Marconi Infochain an ASP and RFID solutions provider. Dr. King has over 20 patents in the fields of Autoidentification, RfID, Imaging, Lasers and Printing.
Bud is an electrical engineering graduate of Georgia Tech with a MSEE from the University of Tennessee. He started working life in the early computer field with Oak Ridge National Lab as a member of a four man team to design and fabricate the first computer Oak Ridge had. The team went to Argonne National Lab near Chicago to work with the Argonne people to finish their first computer, and then build the Oak Ridge machine. He moved back to Oak Ridge with the machine and a new wife, and added many features to the machine to make it particularly useful for nuclear design work. Wishing to stay in the computer development area after the Government decided to leave that development area, he moved to Univac in Philadelphia, where he spent 10 more years developing smaller computers and peripheral devices for them as Director of Engineering with a 600 person engineering department. He then joined two smaller start-up companies, Cogar and Mohawk Industrial Labs in Utica, N.Y. where he spread his wings as general manager of what today would be called personal computers and associated devices. When MIL was sold to a major company, he joined Monarch Marking Systems (now PAXAR) in Dayton, Ohio, to help develop the first of the bar code devices then coming into use. He spent many years there developing state of the art marking machines and special tags and labels, including a very early surface mount based hand held bar code printer containing two microprocessors, label drive motors and all the required accessories. He is a long time member of the Engineers Club of Dayton and a member of the Advisory Board for the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the Wright State University. He continues to consult with PAXAR, particularly in field of bar codes and RFID.
1927 – 2010
BERNARD I. KNILL, age 82, of Lakewood, Ohio passed away Friday, January 22, 2010. Bernard Knill won more than two dozen awards during six decades of industrial journalism. “Bernie Knill played the typewriter like Mozart played a piano,” wrote Tom Andel, who succeeded Knill in 2000 as chief editor of Penton Media’s former Material Handling Engineering magazine, now Material Handling Management. “Both composed masterpieces in their heads.” He was born in Cleveland and lived mostly in Lakewood. He worked for the magazine from 1957 to 2000 and contributed articles in retirement. According to the magazine, Knill inspired federal training rules for lift truck operators and helped his industry win a long turf war with elevator inspectors. His many honors included the first lifetime achievement award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and a lifetime award from the Material Handling Industry Board of Governors. Beloved Husband of 56 years to Sally (nee Todia). Loving Father of Stephen Knill (Beth), Susan Knill (David Wood), Judith Ranallo (fiancé Jeff Todia), infant Michael (deceased), Barbara Rook (Mark), Rebecca Knill, and Karla Straight (Tim). Dearest Grandfather of Sam (Melissa) Ranallo, Shawn Straight (Sherri Masceline), Joe Ranallo, Matthew Rook, Cristian Knill, Libby Rook, Emma Wood, and Andrew Bostwick. Dear Brother of Albert and the late Mary Faust and David. Brother-in-law of Tom Todia, Mary Todia, Betty Jane Knill, and the late Joseph Todia, Robert Todia, David Faust, and Inez Knill. Great-grandfather of Julia Straight. Uncle and Great Uncle.
4 Parkway, Hanover, NH 03755
Dr. Robert D. LaMoreaux, PhD, Lt, USNR, Supply Corps packed his sea bag and shipped out of this world on Monday evening September 20 in the same manner in which he lived his life, feisty and surrounded by loved ones. The official cause of death was heart failure and stroke, but his children believe it was a broken heart that never mended. He was finally ready to join his beloved wife Carole in Heaven. Born on July 31, 1933 in Cleveland, Ohio to Hilda and Dave (Mark David) LaMoreaux, Robert attended elementary school in Trenton, Michigan and High School in Eustis, Lake County, Florida, where he was one of the first Eagle Scouts in the area. Robert graduated from The University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Commerce and received his MBA and PhD from Michigan State University. In addition, he obtained a PhD from Central California University. He served in the Navy, retiring officially from the Naval Reserve after 13 years. Robert worked for 25 years for General Motors and concurrently for Lansing Community College where he taught for 30 years. Upon retiring from Oldsmobile, he began working at the MSU School of Packaging, where he taught and ran seminars for 15 years. In total, Robert taught for nine different institutions of higher education. Despite these many jobs, Robert was always home for 6:00 dinner and available to attend all his children’s school events. Robert was recognized as a Barcode pioneer when he was elected an original member of the Automatic Identification Capture 100 Honorary Society. He gave numerous talks on barcode and automatic identification in this country and internationally. He wrote books on the subject and earned awards for writing standards in the field. In addition, he earned his Master Mechanic certificate and could fix anything on a car or in a house. His thriftiness in work, play and purchasing made him very innovative. A few years ago, Robert compiled his Bucket List and completed it last year. He was an avid traveler, having visited all 50 state capitals, the North Pole, and many countries in Europe, South America and the Caribbean. He took one of the last Concorde flights across the Atlantic. But by far, his greatest joy was his children and grandchildren. He regularly attended sports events, being the loudest rooter for Waverly teams and traveling to see his granddaughters play golf and volleyball and perform in plays. He was incredible at finding the adventure in everyday life whether it was planning capers to steal napkins from McDonalds, creating Camp GrandBob for his grandchildren or telling stories about his life on Pluto. Well known and admired for his extraordinary eyebrows, dating became his hobby several years after his wife’s death and he made many new friends this way. He kept track of his travels with the ladies and all of his dates on his beloved iPhone, never double-booking. He gave a yearly neighborhood barbecue, and hosted parties for families, international guests, and Irish Americans. Robert was predeceased by his wife, Carole Catherine Coyne, daughter Hilda, grandson Cristoffer Harris, his brother Duane, and Tom and Joyce Coyne. He is survived by his children and their spouses: Catherine and Lawrence Paone, Mary and Dan Browning, Coyne and Mark Harman, Rob and Danielle LaMoreaux, James and Bridget Wackerly, Carole and Hans Harris, and his housemate daughter, Rita. In addition to Cristoffer, he has eleven grandchildren: Anna and Laura Paone, Gwendolyn Browning, Chrysogonus and Michael Harman, Colin Hoard, Camille and Abigale LaMoreaux, Brittani, Hans and Carole Harris. He leaves behind his brothers and sisters-in-laws, David and Patti, Donald and Marlene, Douglas and Jenny, and Elizabeth; Cousins Harry and Betty Schmidt, Doris Siebert, and LaMoreaux and Coyne nieces and nephews. Despite claiming to hate animals, his special friends Leo, Catherine, Henry, Lola, and Buddy, will miss the treats he used to sneak them. The wake will be held at Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing, Thursday September 23rd at 7pm with viewing from 5pm to 8pm and Friday September 24th 11am to 4pm, with family available 11am to 2pm. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.tiffanyfuneralhome.com. The funeral Mass will be at 10:30am Saturday, September 25th at St. Gerard Parish, 4437 W. Willow Highway, Lansing. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the LaMoreaux Harris Memorial Fund, which was established in memory of Carole LaMoreaux, Hilda LaMoreaux and Cristoffer Harris. The Fund makes contributions to local libraries in their names. Contributions may be sent to: LaMoreaux Harris Fund, P.O. Box 14005 Lansing, MI 48901-4005, or through lamoreauxharrismemorial.org.
776 Maggie Way Wendell, NC 27591
1859 Business Center Drive Duarte, CA 91010
Donald Martin was a retired USAF Colonel who flew 25 B-17 missions over Europe in WW2 and also became the Director of Research & Taxation for the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) based in Washington DC. About 1970 several national commodity line wholesaler associations including electrical, plumbing, industrial, and heating/air conditioning were each establishing a system to identify the manufacturer/suppliers to their respective commodity lines. It soon became apparent that companies such as GE and 3M, which sold many products in each of those cited commodity lines, would have a different ID in each. Thus the NAW established the Distribution Number Bank (DNB) and all of the commodity line affiliated associations submitted their supplier lists and agreed to accept a 5-digit DNB manufacturer number. Don Martin headed the project. In 1971, the National Association of Wholesale Grocers told NAW and DNB that it was participating in an ad-hoc organization seeking to develop not only a grocery supplier/product code structure but also a machine-readable symbol; and it was looking for an administrator. DNB submitted a proposal and was chosen over D&B and S&P. The verbal similarity between DNB and D&B resulted in a name change to Distribution Codes, Inc (DCI). Don recruited and headed the administrative group supporting the 1973 decision of the UPC symbol-selection committee. Over the following five years, this team was the staff behind the UPC Symbol Technical Advisory Committee and its sub-committees (headed by AIDC-100 members Fran Beck and Dick Mindlin). STAC formulated the initial Guidelines and Specifications on symbol film masters, symbol printing and verification, symbol placement and orientation on the retail product, plus the many variations in product numbering standards. All of these are today taken for granted; but were then pioneer efforts in uncharted waters. Dons DCI team published a monthly 8-page Newsletter that was the bible for those who believed in the UPC and its ultimate success, in spite of an article in Business Week about the The Symbol that Failed. Outside of the UPC work, DCI developed the specifications for the ITF 14-digit Shipping Container Code and Symbol that was ultimately adopted by the UCC. The administration and implementation of the UPC until 1978 under his guidance was a critical stepping-stone to the acceptance of barcoding and thus the success of AIDC as we know it today. Don passed away in 2001; and for more information on his life, see: www.arlingtoncemetery.net/dfmartin.htm
Marlin H. Mickle
Marlin H. Mickle
Marlin H. Mickle was the Nickolas A. DeCecco Professor in the School of Engineering of the University of Pittsburgh. He holds appointments as Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (Primary), Professor of Computer Engineering, Professor of Telecommunications, and Professor of Industrial Engineering. He is the Executive Director of the Swanson Center for Product Innovation. He received the B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E., and the Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh in 1961, 1963, and 1967. His research, development and educational activities have been supported by grants and/or contracts from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Science Foundation, the United States Army, the Urban Mass Transportation Administration, NASA, the Bureau of Mines, the Department of Commerce, the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Pennsylvania Power and Light Company, American Sterilizer Company, Contraves Goertz Corporation, PPG, Inc., the Electric Power Research Institute, Intel, Digital Equipment Corporation, Tandy, Motorola, Texas Instruments Corporation, Ben Franklin Program, WesDyne, the Lemelson Foundation, Argonne Laboratory, EPA, Coleman Foundation, DARPA, the Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse, Medrad, Siemens, Vocollect, Mobile Aspects, Matthews Marking Corp., ChemDAQ, Syracuse Research Corporation, Gnostic Systems, Identifi Technologies, FireFly, ADCUS, SSI, Inc. He is co-author and co-editor of over 20 books. In addition, Marlin H. Mickle has over 125 publications in referred journals, conference proceedings, etc Among his many outstanding credits, Marlin H. Mickle is a member of the Scientific, Product or Technical Advisory Boards of MandalMed, Inc., and E-SOC, Inc. both in San Francisco, SmartWear Technologies, San Diego, FireFly Power Technologies, LLC, Ligonier, PA, ClearCount, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, and a member of the team that won Honorable Mention at the 2004 Carnegie Science Center Awards for Excellence 2004, a 1988 Recipient of the Systems Research and Cybernetics Award of the International Institute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics, Life Fellow of the IEEE, Faculty Honor Roll 2001, Advisor or Co-Advisor of four teams selected by the NCIIA for March Madness for the Mind with displays at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. (3 times) and at the Boston Museum of Science. Marlin is the recipient of the Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence in Corporate Innovation, 2005. He has held engineering positions with the IBM and Westinghouse Electric Corporation and has also served as Program Director of the Systems Theory and Applications Program of the National Science Foundation. Specific activities as relating to the Automatic Identification industry include: 1. The following two RFID research projects established the testing procedures for DOD (AHRIST Project) and the 915 MHz Standard: DARPA – Feasibility of RFID Paper Tags for Identification, Sortation, and Tracking of Hazardous Materials, Billo, R.E. and Mickle M. H., 1999 2000. U.S. Defense Logistics Agency – A Local Positioning System for Movement Alert, Billo, R.E. and Mickle, M. H., 1999 2000. 2. The following research projects have been to establish an RFID technology as an alternative to backscatter. This technology is termed ARS for Active Remote Sensing: Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse – A Wireless SOC with RF Capability, Marlin H. Mickle, PI, December 2000 to November 2000. Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse A Stand Alone RF SOIC, February 2002 to April 2003. Pittsburgh Digital Greenhouse SOC Frequency Synthesis and Control for Radio Frequency Communication: Development of Novel Hardware and Design Flow, January 2002 to December 2002, William W. Clark, James T. Cain, Michael R. Lovell, Marlin H. Mickle, and Qing-Ming Wang. Identifi Systems, Antenna Design for an RF Chip, Marlin H. Mickle, 1 year. NASA/Gnostic Systems STTR, Passive Wireless Sensors for Spacecraft Applications, Marlin H. Mickle and James T. Cain. FireFly Power Technologies, Inc. – Research and Development in Energy Harvesting, Marlin H. Mickle and James T. Cain, July 2004 – July 2005. 3. The following RFID research projects are directly related to active or backscatter RFID: ADCUS, Inc. – An RFID Tag Generation System for the ADCUS EISC 16 Bit Processor and Design Environment, Marlin H. Mickle, Alex K. Jones, James T. Cain and Raymond Hoare, $175,947, 1 year, September 2004 – August 2005. ClearCount, Inc. – RFID Solutions for Tagging Instruments and Sponges, Marlin H. Mickle and James T. Cain, $14,000, SCPI, 4 Months, 2004. 4. The following are traditional backscatter RFID research publications: ” Total Asset Visibility using Intelligent Labels,” Jose David Porter, Marlin H. Mickle and Richard E. Billo, Warehouse of the Future Conference, Atlanta, GA, May 14-16, 2000. “Autonomous Wireless Information Systems on a Chip with Seamless Integration, “Marlin H. Mickle, Raymond R. Hoare, Richard E. Billo, James T. Cain, Ivan Kourtev and Ronald G. Hoelzeman, 4TH WORLD MULTICONFERENCE ON SYSTEMICS, CYBERNETICS AND INFORMATICS, July 2000. Porter, J.D., Mickle, M., Billo, R.E., Harmon, C.K., Harmon, M.A., Bruno, T.A., “Total Asset Visibility using Intelligent Labels”, Frontline Solutions Conference, Chicago, IL, Oct 3-5, 2000. A Standard Test Protocol for Evaluation of Radio Frequency Identification Systems For Supply Chain Applications, Porter, J.D., Billo, R.E., Mickle, M.H. Journal of Manufacturing Systems, Volume 23, Number 1, 2004, pp. 46 – 55. 4. The following are ARS style RFID publications: “Energy Harvesting, Profiles and Potential Sources,” Marlin H. Mickle, Michael Lovell, Leonid Mats, Lorenz Neureuter, Dmitry Gorodetsky, International Journal of Parallel and Distributed Systems and Networks, Vol. 4, No. 3, p. 150 – 160, October 2001. “Energy Harvesting for DNA Gene Sifting and Sorting,” James T. Cain, William C. Clark, Laura Schaefer, Wlodek Moldeki, Dan Ulinski and Marlin H. Mickle, International Journal of Parallel and Distributed Systems and Networks, Vol. 4, No. 3, p. 140-149, October 2001. Marlin H. Mickle , Minhong Mi, Chris Capelli, and Harold Swift, “RF Energy Harvesting with Multiple Antennas in the Same Space.”” to appear in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, December 2005. Minhong Mi, Marlin H. Mickle, James T. Cain and Timothy Minor, “Protocol and Device Model for Remote Autonomous Devices with Limited Power, accepted for publication in the International Journal of Computers and Applications, 2005. Marlin H. Mickle , Minhong Mi, Chris Capelli, and Harold Swift, “Powering Autonomous Cubic Millimeter Devices” to appear in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, February 2006. “The PENI Tag,” Marlin H. Mickle and Alex Wang, 2nd Academic Alliance Meeting, May 2002 “The PENI Tag,” Alex Wang and Marlin H. Mickle, Smart Labels, USA, 2003. 5. PATENTS relating to ARS type Sensors and RFID Apparatus for Energizing a Remote Station and Related Method, with Kevin W. Wells and Ronald G. Hoelzeman, 2001, U.S. Patent No. 6,289,237. Apparatus for Energizing a Remote Station and Related Method, with Minhong Mi, Dmitry Gorodetsky, Leonid Mats, Lorenz Neureuter, 2003, U.S. Patent No. 6,615,074 Energy Harvesting Circuit and Associated Methods, Marlin H. Mickle, Chris Capelli, Harold Swift, U. S. Patent No. 6,856,291. 6. INVENTION DISCLOSURES relating to traditional backscatter and active RFID tags Case No. Title 1015 Method for manufacturing RFID Tags 1055 Method for Automatic Generation of Software for Integrated Circuit Microprocessors 1056 Method and Device for Reducing Power Consumption of Active RFID Tags 1058 Radio frequency identification (RFID) Packing Tape 1070 Air Interface for an Active RFID Tag 1094 An RFID Tag with 2 Dimensional Backscatter 7. INVENTION DISCLOSURES relating to ARS type Sensors including RFID CaseNo. Title 858 ENERGY HARVESTING CIRCUIT 901 WiFi Recharging Apparatus 1072 RFID Bar Code: Multiple Antennas-Single Diode 1081 Continuous Communication from a Base Station to a Passive Device Continuous Communication from a Base Station to a Passive Device 1038 Virtual Pulse Ultra Wide Band Communication 1055 Method and Software for Customized/Power Efficient IC Devices (An Extension of Froot Loops to RF Signatures) 1068 AM Energy Harvesting Transmitting Profile(s) 1069 AM Energy Harvesting Transmitting Profile and Communications with a Wireless Autonomous Device(WAD) 1071 Method and Software for Customized/Power Efficient IC Devices 1072 RFID Bar Code: Multiple Antennas-Single Diode 1082 Device Data Transmission Disclosure 1081 Continuous Communication from a Base Station to a Passive Device Continuous Communication from a Base Station to a Passive Device 1083 Method and Software for Customized/Power Efficient IC Devices 1095 Multiple Antenna Energy Harvesting 1093 A Multi-Dimensional RFID Tag 1096 Multiple Phase Energy Harvesting 8. M. S. THESES DIRECTED TO COMPLETION in RFID Chad Emahiser – An Investigation of a Radio Frequency Energy Detector Using Microstrip Technology, 1999, (co-advisor Raymond R. Hoare) Dmitry Gorodetsky, 2002, An Investigation of On-Chip Antenna Characteristics Related to Energy Harvesting Applications Charles E. Greene, 2002, On-Chip Impedance Transformations for a Standard CMOS Michael Snyder, 2004, An Analysis of Antennas and the Effect of Proximate Elements and Conductors, 2003 David Sammel, 2005, Designing, Fabricating and Testing Concurrently Active Wireless Sensors 9. Ph.D. DISSERTATIONS DIRECTED TO COMPLETION in RFID Minhong Mi, “Analysis, Design, and Optimization of Antennas on CMOS Integrated Circuits for Energy Harvesting Applications, 2003 Joshua Maina, “Complex Pulse Forming Technique using AM Detector Type Circuitry and the Application of CDMA to RFID for the Simultaneous reading of Multiple Tags”, 2005. 10. Memberships Member of the Science Advisory Board of FireFly Power Technologies, LLC, Ligonier, PA Member of the Science Advisory Board of ClearCount, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA Member of the Science Advisory Board of E-SOC, Inc., San Francisco, CA and Pittsburgh, PA Member of the Product Advisory Board of Mobile Aspects, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA Member of the Scientific Advisory Board, SmartWear, San Diego, CA Editor, International Journal for Radio Frequency Identification Technology and Applications, Inderscience Publishers Alternate Member, INCITS T6 Standards Committee
1914-2004 Legacy Member The year 1978 marked a significant change for the Code Council. After 5 years of contracting U.P.C. administration, the Board of Governors decided it was more economical to transfer code administration to a hired staff. They quickly found their candidate among their own. Dick Mindlin, Vice President at NCR, Board member and co-chair of STAC, agreed to take early retirement from NCR and open an office for the UPCC in Dayton, Ohio. Dick Mindlin spent most of his career dealing with automatic identification standards. Before the U.P.C., he was involved with the development of the MICR magnetic-stripe standard used by the banking industry on checks. Beginning January 1, 1978, all technical inquiries would be referred to Mindlin and by January 31 all administration would be transferred to Dayton. On January 1, 1978, the Board of Governors opened its own offices in Dayton with Mindlin as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. Mindlin was signed to a 5 year contract. He remained in charge of the UPCC through 1984 when his successor took over. Mindlin made a special effort to preserve and enhance the role of STAC. At least once a year STAC members were invited to attend a Board of Governors meeting. STAC-type issues were featured at these meetings, and the Board was effusive in expressing its gratitude for the volunteer efforts of the STAC members. Mindlins great contributions to the UCC was that he made an independent, free-standing organization a reality. He left a healthy organization for his successor to build upon.
Amos Judson Miner
Amos Judson Miner
362 Sherwood Drive Carol Stream, IL 60188
Jud Miner joined Watson Label Products in 1986 from the chemical industry as sales manager of their photocomposed bar code label division. He spoke frequently at trade association conferences and was awarded a certificate of appreciation as Chair-Education/Public Relations Subcommittee in 1994 by Telecommunications Industry Forum. In December, 1993 he was awarded an industry changing patent on pressure sensitive bar code labels that could withstand the heat involved in Reflo oven curing of printed circuit boards to add to printed circuit board useful life. He was a graduate of Wesleyan University, Connecticut and the MIT business executives Masters Degree program. His articles on bar codes in harsh environments were published in numerous trade journals.
Bert Moore was the Director of IDAT Consulting & Education, a Hickory, NC based firm that helps companies evaluate, select, develop, and implement automatic identification and data collection (AIDC) solutions. AIDC includes bar codes, radio frequency identification (RFID), magnetic stripe, contact memory and similar technologies. IDAT is one of the few technology- and vendor-independent consulting firms in the country. Moore has been in the center of the AIDC industry since 1985 and has been active in many industry and national standards organizations. Moore has developed and presented educational programs for corporate, industry, national, and international seminar programs. He has performed consulting, market research, technology evaluations and standards development for technology vendors and end-users. His clients have included both large and small companies. He was formerly the Director of Technical Communications for AIM USA, served as the Executive Director of FACT (Federation of Automated Coding Technologies), was a 1992 recipient of the AIM USA Industry Service Award, and was selected as a charter member of the “AIDC 100,” an association of individuals who have made significant contributions to education within the AIDC industry. Moore is a former contributing editor for Frontline Solutions and Material Handling Management and has also served as managing editor of AIM’s ScanJournal and editor of Parcel Shipping & Distribution. He may also be remembered for writing the monthly Data Collection column for P&IM Review from 1988-1992. He contracted part-time to AIM, the AIDC industry’s global trade association, as the Director of Technical Communications and Media Relations, writes/edits AIM’s monthly “AIM Connections” and “RFID Connections” e-newsletters, and serves as staff for AIM’s Technical Symbology Committee (TSC) and RFID Experts Group (REG).
Rick Morgan, 62, of Erie, Pa., and formerly of Corry, died on Saturday, September 19, 2015, at his residence. He was born on April 30, 1953, in Corry, Pa., a son of Holland “Sonny” Morgan of Erie, Pa., and the late Joan L. Tillotson Morgan Rick was raised and educated in Corry, graduating from Corry Area High School in 1971. He then attended Edinboro University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in English in 1975. Over the years, he was co-owner of Ricky’s Place in Corry, had worked at Corry Manufacturing Company and then for Corry Publishing. He had been self-employed since 2002 as owner, editor and writer of RMG Enterprises in Erie, which publishes SCANDCR Newsletter. Rick enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially at his camp in Cook’s Forest. He was always a fan of the Beatles, in addition to listening to their music and collecting memorabilia, they had a great influence on his music career. Rick bought his first guitar at age 8 and played in his first band at age 10. Over the years, he played in several bands, including Freeway, Rumors and Revolving Door. In addition to his mother, Rick was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Willard and Katherine Pollack Tillotson; paternal grandmother Cleo Dougherty Morgan; and his paternal great-grandfather D. O. Dougherty. Rick is survived by his father; his wife Dorothy K. “Dottie” Baressi Morgan, whom he married on June 9, 1995 in Corry; a daughter Mandy Graves and her husband Jake of Erie, Pa.; a son Michael Morgan and his wife Chanda of Charlotte, N.C.; two stepdaughters Jacque Hill and her companion Kelly Cox of Corry, Pa., and Jessica Hill of Corry, Pa.; a stepson Jimmy Hill and his companion Jana Christensen of Columbus, Pa.; two sisters Valerie Anderson and her husband Carl of Erie, Pa., and Joni Kubiak and her husband Dennis of York, Pa.; a brother Ron Morgan of New Jersey; and a close friend Tim Lee, who donated a kidney to Rick over 17 years ago. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren Quinn Morgan, Mason Graves, Ruthie, Lily and Garrett Light, Lennon and Jesse Hill, Alli Morgan, Addison Rowland, Taylor and Cameron Collins and Kole Christensen. Several aunts, uncles, cousins and many nieces and nephews also survive. There will be no visiting hours. A celebration of life gathering will be held at VFW Post # 264, 1151 Mead Ave., Corry, Pa., on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Arrangements are under the care of the Bracken Funeral Home, Inc., 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa. Memorials may be made to Corry Ambulance Service or Emergycare, both at 1701 Sassafras St., Erie, PA 16502. To sign the guest book or send condolences, please visit www.brackenfh.com. Sign the Guestbook at www.GoErie.com/obits
Benjamin A. Nelson, 74 died Saturday morning September 15, 2001 at his home in East Swanzey after a battle with cancer. He was born in Keene October 3, 1926, son of Benjamin Adelbert and Marion (Greenleaf) Nelson, and graduated from Keene High School in 1944. During World War II, her served in the U.S. Army’s 752nd tank battalion, 88th Division in Italy. He was a Captain in the N.H. National Guard and was recalled to active duty during the Cuban missle crisis in 1962. Mr. Nelson was the company archivist at Markem Corp. in Keene, retiring in 1995 after 42 years with the company. At the time of his death, he was still serving as the companys archivist. As a spokesman for Markem, he spoke to more than 300 trade associations and universities in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and wrote many papers. In 1985, he received an industry award for his efforts to introduce bar-coding at the School of Packaging at Michigan State University. He served on many bar-code industry boards and in retirement consulted to that industry. In 1995, he formed Nelson Associates, devoted to education in automatic identification. In 1997, Helmers Publishing of Peterborough published his history of the industry, Punched Cards to Bar Codes – A 200-Year Journey.” Mr. Nelson enjoyed reading, many kinds of music, woodworking, collecting and showing antique tractors and engines, and travel. He was also a private pilot. Survivors include his wife Eunice Ann (Scuf) (Parker) Nelson whom he married May 27, 1948, a daughter, Leslie Nelson Haines of Houston, a son, Douglas Nelson of East Swanzey, two grandchildren, and a niece and a nephew. A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Fletcher Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 33 Marlboro St., Keene. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Keene. Friends may call Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the funeral home.
Don R. Percival
Don R. Percival
Don founded Machinery Electrification (subsequently MEKontrol, Inc.) in 1948 in the basement of his home and actively participated in its growth until his death in 1980. ME initially specialized in designing control systems for machine tools. Over the years, he expanded the offerings to electrical control equipment for all types of industrial machinery and processes including identification subsystems that used photoelectrics and unique identification devices to track and control product flow through manufacturing operations and warehouses. Don attended the University of Michigan, working in the automotive industry in quality control, production planning, plant layout and related areas throughout his university years. Upon graduation, he joined the test and sales programs at General Electric where he designed custom machine tool control equipment. He moved from GE to become the chief electrical engineer for the Machine Tool Division of the Norton Company in Worcester, MA before leaving to launch Machinery Electrification a couple of years later. Don was the recipient of many industry awards, including several patents and the Society for Advancement of Managements prestigious Progress of New England honor. He was a member and officer of a number of professional and civic organizations, served on the Board of Trustees of Central New England College and distinguished himself as an avid, nationally ranked tennis player and devoted family man. In 1971, Don co-founded the Automatic Identification Manufacturers (AIM) Product Section of the Material Handling Institute (MHI). He became the first chairman of the group in 1972, serving in that role and as a member of MHIs Board of Directors through 1973. Dons leadership and vision laid the foundation for AIMs growth and, with it, the growth of the entire industry. Indeed, the annual Percival Award that is given to an individual or organization from the user community to recognize outstanding AIDC (Automatic Identification & Data Capture) contributions was established by the industry in his honor in 1982.
Joseph Jackson Sheppard, Jr. a resident of Battle Lake and Los Angeles, CA. died Sunday, November 19, 2006 at his home in California. Joe was born on February 25, 1931 in Blooming Grove, TX the son of Joseph J. and Freddie (Barham) Sheppard. He graduated from High School in Frost, TX in 1947. He attended Baylor University in Waco, TX, where he completed a B.A. in Physics and received an M.S. in Fluid Dynamics from the University of Minnesota. On February 6, 1953 he married Alma Olson of Battle Lake, MN. During their married years they resided in Minnesota, New York and California retiring to Battle Lake in 2000. Joe was a scientist and businessman. He was a senior engineer at the University of Minnesota Rosemount Aeronautical Laboratories from 1952-56 and a staff scientist at the Convair Scientific Research Laboratory in San Diego, CA from 1957-62. From 1962-67 he was a lecturer in Engineering at the State University of New York at Stony Brook where he completed his Ph D in Thermodynamics. He was a consultant to the RAND Corporation from 1963-67 when he joined their professional staff. His bio-engineering research activities dealt primarily with the human visual mechanism, stroke prevention and cardiac arrhythmia. He authored a book on human color perception in 1968. In 1971 he formed a company, CardioDynamics, where he developed and implemented the equipment, data collection, processing protocols and clinical interpretation standards for a noninvasive procedure known as dynamic electrocardiography. Now called the Holter EKG monitor, it is considered a standard procedure today. Cardio was acquired in 1978 and Joe left in 1979 to form a new company called XICO where he worked in magnetic stripe technology and manufacturing (automatic identification and data collection). In 1999, he was a recipient of the Dilling Award for contributions to the AIDC industry and was a member of the AIDC 100. Joe?s interests include writing, focusing in the areas of science and religion. He also enjoyed cooking for family and friends, his specialty being Mexican cuisine. Together with his wife, Alma he wrote a food column for the Fergus Falls Daily Journal. He also compiled and published a collection of Sheppard/Olson family recipes, called the Casa Alma Cookbook. He was a loving and giving person, to both family and friends. He was a member of the Battle Lake First Lutheran Church where he served on the church council. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Jack Sheppard and his daughter, Susan. He is survived by his wife, Alma; children, Joseph J. Sheppard III and wife Brenda; grandchildren, Joseph IV (JJ), Heather, Jackie and Julie, his daughter, Mary (Peter) McCaffrey, grandchildren Susan and Jonathan, and son Peter. He is also survived by two great-grandchildren.
February 14, 1931 – February 20, 2013
Wayland: Ray Stevens of Bent Ave. died peacefully on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at Wayland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Ray was born in Gardner, MA on February 14, 1931, a son of the late Dorothy (Lowe) and Paul L. Stevens. Paul later remarried to Thelma (Caldon) Stevens who helped raise him. Ray leaves his wife Mary Elizabeth (Rodman) Stevens, fondly known as Liz. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Stevens and his wife, Shirley, of both Longview, WA and Kamuela, HI. Ray is survived by his former wife Ann L. Chandler and four of their children: Dorothy Knight and her husband, Scott, of Tucson, AZ, David Stevens and his wife, Betty, of Denver, CO, Loring Stevens of Scituate, MA and Lincoln Stevens of Andover, MA. Their son Andy Stevens predeceased him; Andy lived with his wife, Cindy, in Merritt Island, FL. Ray is also survived by Lizs four children: Ann Reimels and her husband Bill, Tom Upjohn and his wife Peggy, and Bill Upjohn and his wife, Beth, all of Manchester CT, and Richard Upjohn and his wife, Nicole, of Northbridge, MA. He is also survived by sixteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren, and other family members. Ray was a graduate of Gardner High School (1949) and the Coast Guard Academy (1953). He was assigned to ocean station duties on the Castle Rock and the Humboldt in Boston until he left the service in 1955. He earned his masters degree from Northeastern in 1961. Ray worked at Raytheon in Wayland, Mass in the early 1950s for about 10 years designing shipboard fire controlled radar. Then, he joined Instrument Associates, Arlington, MA as a Sales Representative in the field of high technology, later becoming VP and General Manager. He worked there until 1970, when he started his own business, TEMA Incorporated representing well known manufacturers, such as; Tally, Facit typewriters and Interface Mechanisms, a dual printing and photo type set company based in Mount Lake Terrace, WA (later known as Intermec). In 1974, while representing Intermec as a Master Distributor, he was involved with development and symbology standardization, including Ames alpha-numeric barcode and most notably creating Code 39, along with Dr. David Allais. Code 39 was eventually adopted as the non-retail industry barcode standard and was selected by the Dept. of Defense under Logmars. TEMA was the first independent Distributor in the country to be acquired by Intermec in 1986. Ray remained as a Sales Consultant with Intermec working on various special projects through 1990. During his retirement years, Ray also worked as an independent business owner in the consumer goods industry. Ray had a lifelong passion for swimming and sailing honed in his youth as a Sea Scout and in the Boy Scouts attending summer camp programs. He sailed in the Newport to Annapolis Race on the Academy Yacht, Arion, in June, 1953, and he sailed in Hopetown, Bahamas Islands as a bare charter twice with his wife and another couple. He was also stationed on the US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, a 295 full sail training vessel still in service today. Beginning in 1966, he sailed weekends with the Cochituate Yacht Club for 26 years, and sailed in Sunfish regattas competitively throughout New England during his time. Ray was devoted to his church and his family. He worked tirelessly to support and care for his family, and he regularly attended and was active in the Community United Methodist Church in Cochituate for decades.
Harvey White first became involved with AIDC when he led an investment fund to invest in Identicon Corporation, and became its CEO. It had been formed in 1969 by a group of engineers from Sylvania/GTE, an early pioneer in scanning technology and was the second company to establish itself with bar codes as its primary focus. Harvey White played a leading role in the founding of AIM. He initially proposed to Computer Identics that they join in forming a trade group to discuss common problems and promote the new identification technology called bar codes. This led in 1972 to the two companies, joined by AIDC 100 member Don Percivals MEKontrol, Inc and the 3M Company, asking the Material Handling Institute (MHI) to form a Product Section of Automatic Identification Manufacturers, which later became an independent trade association. Mr. White continued to lead Identicon until 1976.
Dick Wilcox was a true pioneer of bar code development. From 1960 through 1968 he led the 3M Company label development to parallel the Sylvania/GTE scanner invention and deployment, a joint effort to identify and track the movement of railroad cars. In 1968 he became an early Venture Capitalist when he personally invested $100,000 to assist AIDC 100 members David Collins and Chris Kapsambelis who had left Sylvania to co-found Computer Identics (CI) later joined by AIDC 100 members John Hill, Ed Andersson, Frank Goodfinger, Chuck Mara and Ted Williams. His passion for technology made him an active and technically savvy contributor as a member of the CI Board from its inception until the company was sold in the 1990s.
September 6, 1921 – December 12, 2012
Joe Woodland was a graduate student when he and a classmate, Bernard Silver, created a technology, based on a printed series of wide and narrow striations, that encoded consumer-product information for optical scanning. Their idea, developed in the late 1940s and patented 60 years ago this fall, turned out to be ahead of its time, and the two men together made only $15,000 from it. But the curious round symbol they devised would ultimately give rise to the Universal Product Code, or U.P.C., as the staggeringly prevalent rectangular bar code (it graces tens of millions of different items) is officially known. The bar code would never have developed as it did without a chain of events noteworthy even in the annals of invention etiology: Had Mr. Woodland not been a Boy Scout, had he not logged hours on the beach, and had his father not been quite so afraid of organized crime, the code would very likely not have been invented in the form it was, if at all. Norman Joseph Woodland was born in Atlantic City on Sept. 6, 1921. As a Boy Scout he learned Morse code, the spark that would ignite his invention. After spending World War II on the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, Mr. Woodland resumed his studies at the Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia (it is now Drexel University), earning a bachelors degree in 1947. As an undergraduate, Mr. Woodland perfected a system for delivering elevator music efficiently. His system, which recorded 15 simultaneous audio tracks on 35-millimeter film stock, was less cumbersome than existing methods, which relied on LPs and reel-to-reel tapes. He planned to pursue the project commercially, but his father, who had come of age in Boardwalk Empire-era Atlantic City, forbade it: elevator music, he said, was controlled by the mob, and no son of his was going to come within spitting distance. The younger Mr. Woodland returned to Drexel for a masters degree. In 1948, a local supermarket executive visited the campus, where he implored a dean to develop an efficient means of encoding product data. The dean demurred, but Mr. Silver, a fellow graduate student who overheard their conversation, was intrigued. He conscripted Mr. Woodland. An early idea of theirs, which involved printing product information in fluorescent ink and reading it with ultraviolet light, proved unworkable. But Mr. Woodland, convinced that a solution was close at hand, quit graduate school to devote himself to the problem. He holed up at his grandparents home in Miami Beach, where he spent the winter of 1948-49 in a chair in the sand, thinking. To represent information visually, he realized, he would need a code. The only code he knew was the one he had learned in the Boy Scouts. What would happen, Mr. Woodland wondered one day, if Morse code, with its elegant simplicity and limitless combinatorial potential, were adapted graphically? He began trailing his fingers idly through the sand. What Im going to tell you sounds like a fairy tale, Mr. Woodland told Smithsonian magazine in 1999. I poked my four fingers into the sand and for whatever reason I didnt know I pulled my hand toward me and drew four lines. I said: Golly! Now I have four lines, and they could be wide lines and narrow lines instead of dots and dashes. That consequential pass was merely the beginning. Only seconds later, Mr. Woodland continued, I took my four fingers they were still in the sand and I swept them around into a full circle. Mr. Woodland favored the circular pattern for its omnidirectionality: a checkout clerk, he reasoned, could scan a product without regard for its orientation. On Oct. 7, 1952, Mr. Woodland and Mr. Silver were awarded United States patent 2,612,994 for their invention a variegated bulls-eye of wide and narrow bands on which they had bestowed the unromantic name Classifying Apparatus and Method. But that method, which depended on an immense scanner equipped with a 500-watt light, was expensive and unwieldy, and it languished for years. The two men eventually sold their patent to Philco for $15,000 all they ever made from their invention. By the time the patent expired at the end of the 1960s, Mr. Woodland was on the staff of I.B.M., where he worked from 1951 until his retirement in 1987. Over time, laser scanning technology and the advent of the microprocessor made the bar code viable. In the early 1970s, an I.B.M. colleague, George J. Laurer, designed the familiar black-and-white rectangle, based on the Woodland-Silver model and drawing on Mr. Woodlands considerable input. Thanks largely to the work of Alan Haberman, a supermarket executive who helped select and popularize the rectangular bar code and who died in 2011, it was adopted as the industry standard in 1973. Mr. Woodland, who earned a masters in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University in the 1950s, received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation in 1992. Last year, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. (Mr. Silver, who died in 1963, was inducted posthumously along with him.) Mr. Woodlands death, at his home in Edgewater, N.J., was confirmed by his daughter Susan Woodland. He is also survived by his wife, the former Jacqueline Blumberg, whom he married in 1951; another daughter, Betsy Karpenkopf; a brother, David; and a granddaughter. Today, bar codes sort the world, encapsulating the particulars of modern material culture the wide and the narrow of things in banded black and white. In retail establishments worldwide they are scanned at the rate of more than five billion a day. They keep track of books in libraries, patients in hospitals and nearly anything else, animate or in-, that will serve as an affixable surface. All because a bright young man, his mind ablaze with dots and dashes, one day raked his fingers through the sand. Per The New York Times article published on December 12, 2012 by MARGALIT FOX