Gerald J. Sophar  Passes Away

 

Gerry Sophar, President of ASIS in 1961, winner of the Watson Davis Award in 1976, passed away on Saturday, December 1, 2007.

Funeral plans are not decided. Interment will be at the Veterans cemetery in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. The choice of funeral home has not been finalized.

As the brief note in the History of Information Science Pioneers says, Gerry "understood how organizations functioned and realized early that documentation was a social science. He helped settle editorial crises at American Documentation and brought it back under the control of the ADI" (American Documentation Institute, now ASIS&T).

Gerry had long interests in rural information services and copyright issues.