R. Dean Wilbur Passed Away This Month

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Mon Apr 25 17:21:51 UTC 2022

Really sorry about your dad, Karl. He clearly lived a good life, &
we're all better off because he graced this planet w/his presence. I
didn't know him, though I was acquainted w/his work. But this obituary
makes it very obvious that his life has touched us all in a positive
way. I hope you'll find comfort in just knowing that. Thanks for
sharing w/us--& thanks for signing your note so we'd know how to
address you. Hang in, stay strong.

On 4/25/22, Linux for blind general discussion <blinux-list at redhat.com> wrote:
> My father passed away this month. As he was an early member of the
> technology community and a member of the Linux community, I thought I
> should share it on this mailing list. It's likely that some of you knew
> him.
> From his obituary:
> ----
> Richard Dean Wilbur, beloved father and devoted business man, passed away,
> at
> the age of 80, on Tuesday, April 12th, 2022 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dean was
> born
> March 29, 1942 in Ogden, Utah to the late Lindsay and Margie (nee Richards)
> Wilbur.
> Dean was a pioneer in the fight for equality and assistant services for
> members
> of the visually impared community on both the local and national level. He
> was a
> founding member of the American Council of the Blind Greater Cincinnati
> Chapter
> and the Blind Information Technology Specialists.
> In 1966, Dean moved to Cincinnati to attend the University of Cincinnati
> specifically for the department of Medical Computing Services' program for
> teaching visually impaired and blind persons computer programming; the
> first of
> its kind in the US. Through this training, he was on the cutting edge of
> medical
> technology and part of a program that revolutionized Medical Computation
> and
> Statistical Analysis, in addition to teaching valuable career skills to
> individuals with physical disabilities who would have otherwise been
> overlooked
> and shut out. Dean loved his work so much that he eventually took over
> MedComp
> Research, the company created by the founders of this program to carry out
> this
> groundbreaking work, and continued to educate young visually impared
> individuals
> in methods of computer programming and providing valuable medical
> computations
> to the Cincinnati Hospital Council and Hamilton County for nearly 40
> years.
> In addition to his parents, Dean is preceded in death by his sister
> Carrolyn
> Remey and his brother Lawerence E. Pilcher; Dean is survived by siblings:
> Lynda
> Perry and Lynette Pilcher; Dean's loving children: JD Kunz, Heather D.
> Wilbur,
> David L. (Monica) Wilbur, Karl J. (Justine) Wilbur, Sharon S. (Michael)
> Jancha,
> and Sarah K. (John) Pierce. Dean also leaves 18 grandchildren, several
> great
> grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, as well as dear friends.
> Gilligan
> Funeral Home is honored to serve the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial
> contributions in Dean's honor may be made to The Cincinnati Arts
> Association.
> Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 pm on Friday April 29, 2022 at
> Philippi
> Baptist Church located at 5996 Werk Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio 45248.
> --
> Karl Wilbur
> 513-322-2481
> karl at karlwilbur.net
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