Long time graphic arts executive, Terry Wellman died on Sunday, July 1, 2012, peacefully at his home on Mercer Island, WA. He was 72 and is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lisa, daughters Samantha and Jennifer, grandson Matthew and sister Susan Jakusz.
For many people, Terry was the "gestalt technologist," using his broad knowledge in all areas of technology and his own creativity to predict and design leading edge products. He loved sharing that passion and enthusiasm. As a friend said, "Terry was a computing genius who was way ahead of his time. And every time he spoke to me about some computing idea he had there always was that sweet smile he had on his round face that was both enchanting and disarming."
Terry was born in Chicago but grew up in Highland Park, IL. He graduated Antioch College in 1963 with a degree in business and psychology. His passion for computers and technology led to a successful career, first in sales of mainframes and then to management positions with companies developing dedicated word processors, desktop computers, and numerous imaging devices for the graphic arts.
In the mid '80's Terry created a conceptual model for a "Personal InfoCom," much like the smart phones of today. He designed and brought to market MPath, a graphical front end for the CTOS operating system. In 1986 he designed the specifications and managed the development of InPrint, a page layout and integrated Paint and Draw product for the PC well in advance of products on the market at the time.
Terry held executive positions with Wang, A.B.Dick, Varityper, Optronics and his own consulting firm, Market Presence.
A website has been setup for old friends and colleagues to leave memories of Terry at: http://IRememberTerryWellman.com. The family plans a private memorial service in the tall trees of northern California. In lieu of flowers, his family asks you consider a donation to The Nature Conservancy, www.nature.org, or just plant a tree and remember T.