The notables who left us in 2018 inspired us with their achievements in many ways. They seized small opportunities and took them to impressive heights. They tackled pressing social and scientific challenges and saw them through to solutions. They gave generously of their time and resources to improve the world, foster their neighborhoods and provide a lifeline for those in distress. Some were crusaders who fought tirelessly for fairness and broke through shackles of discrimination. Some followed an initial insight into great commercial success. Others gained distinction by upholding high standards in public office. And still others charmed our appetites, made us laugh and touched our hearts. • G. David Baer, 82, a computer analyst who co-founded Computer Task Group and helped build it into a nationwide software development company, died Aug. 21. While working with IBM in 1960s, he and an IBM account executive, Randolph A. Marks, foresaw the need for companies to hire technical consulting services as they began to computerize their data processing operations. They started their own firm in 1966 and within a few years it had become the largest computer consultant provider in upstate New York. • William M. E. Clarkson, 91, who headed Graphic… Read full this story
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