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Founder of Presstek Dick Williams Dies at 73

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Press release from the issuing company

Hudson, NH – March 31, 2008 – Presstek Inc., today extends condolences to the family and friends of Dick Williams, of Plaistow, New Hampshire, who died yesterday after an extended illness at the age of 73. Mr. Williams was one of the original founders of Presstek and served as the company’s chief technology officer until his retirement in January 2003. Mr. Williams also held many other positions with the company including Chief Executive Officer and was Chairman of Presstek’s Board of Directors from 1998 to 2004.

“Dick’s contributions to Presstek and the industry are invaluable, he was the technical visionary of Presstek and the father of DI® printing,” said Presstek Board Member Dr. Lawrence Howard. “But Dick was also a friend, we worked closely in the early years of Presstek and together on the board. The entire Presstek family will always hold him and his accomplishments in highest regard, we all will miss him.”

In September 2003 Mr. Williams’ achievements were recognized by the industry, when he was awarded the Rochester Institute of Technology Cary Award. The Cary Award is presented to notable individuals who have distinguished themselves in the development or application of digital technology in graphic communications.  At that time Frank Romano, Professor Emeritus, Rochester Institute of Technology said, "As I look around our industry and our university, from photography to design to print media, I see the profound changes in graphic communications that have taken place as a result of Mr. Williams' leadership in the field, this is a well-deserved honor."

 

 

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