Edward L. Glaser II '47 (1991)
Ted Glaser is surely one of the most remembered and loved graduates of The North Shore Country Day School. It was not so much his blindness which had such an impact on people as the way he coped with it. His energy, optimism, warmth and insatiable curiosity simply overwhelmed the fears and insecurities that he might have faced, as well as any possible discomfort of those around him. Add to these qualities his great intelligence and deep religious convictions and you can easily understand why he accomplished so much.
Ted's impact actually extended beyond his years from kindergarten in 1933 through Upper School in 1947. Long-time North Shore teachers like Will Talley and Karla Landau used to glow with pride when they spoke to their students about Ted, and, on those occasions when he visited to speak at Morning Ex or to sit in on a class, a special excitement pervaded the School.
After graduating from Dartmouth with a degree in physics, Ted became a computer pioneer. He helped develop the first commercial computer at IBM. Later, he worked on the design of one of the first computer typesetters. His career then took him into teaching at MIT and Case Western Reserve. In the mid 1970s, Ted moved to California, working first with Systems Development Corporation and later at Ampex. In 1982 he started his own company, Information Robots International, of which he was president at his death. He was awarded an honorary degree from Harriet Watt University in Scotland for his creative work in computers, and was a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Science Foundation.
We are grateful to have Ted Glaser's approach to life as a model for these graduates, all alumni and everyone else here today, and we are extremely pleased to honor the memory of this remarkable man with the presentation of the Francis R. Stanton Alumni Recognition Award.
Presented June 7, 1991
John S. Darrow '65, President, Alumni Association
The North Shore Country Day School