Dr. Cuthbert C. Hurd,85, a computer scientist and...

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June 02, 1996

Dr. Cuthbert C. Hurd,85, a computer scientist and entrepreneur who helped IBM develop its first general-purpose computer, died May 22 at his home in Portola Valley, Calif.

In 1950, Mr. Hurd and James Birkenstock recommended that IBM contribute to the Korean War effort by designing and building a general-purpose computer, bearing the heavy expense itself so that IBM would own the patents. The IBM 701 cost $3 million to develop and was introduced in 1952, putting IBM on the path to becoming the dominant force in the computer industry.

Rev. Kenneth G. Neigh,87, a national Presbyterian Church official who put the church in the forefront of the civil rights movement and broadened its commitment to social causes in the 1960s, died Monday at his home in Hightstown, N.J. He used church funds to rescue bankrupt union medical centers in Appalachia and to create the Head Start program in Mississippi.

Pub Date: 6/02/96

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