William F. Schreiber, founder of Tewksbury, Massachusetts-based ECRM, passed away on Sept. 21 at the age of 84. He founded ECRM on March 28, 1969 and along with others helped develop the first commercially-successful OCR (optical character recognition) machines that same year.
Schreiber’s major professional interest was image processing systems, including printing, facsimile and television. This work included theory and extensive practical applications, including the development of a number of successful commercial products that incorporated innovative image-processing technology developed under his direction. He worked in graphic arts, including color correction, color printing, and laser scanner and recorder design, in facsimile, and in television.