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.
ERCM president and CEO Rick Black issued the following statement: “2009 marked ECRM’s 40th year of service to the business communications industry and thousands of our customers which span the globe. Yet none of it would have become possible without the direct involvement of Dr. Schreiber. His passion and tireless dedication to electrical engineering and digital communications have elevated theories to concepts, and concepts to realities. We will never fully appreciate the impact Dr. Schreiber has had on the technological advancements realized in the last 50 years. And his influence is further appreciated in the tens of thousands of colleagues, educators and students who will carry forth his teachings and ideas for decades to come.”
The funeral was private; however, a commemoration of his life will be held at the M.I.T. Faculty Club on Nov. 21 at 5 p.m.
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