Obituary: David Craver

Former Computer Weekly editor David Craver died on Friday 27 November. He had been in a coma following a heart-attack in France six months ago.

Former Computer Weekly editor David Craver died on Friday 27 November. He had been in a coma following a heart-attack in France six months ago.

David was Editor of Computer Weekly from 1982-1990, a period which saw the spectacular rise of the computer industry starting with the PC boom and an equally spectacular period of prosperity for the computer press.

David's years were heady ones, and under his charismatic leadership Computer Weekly constantly broke new ground, overtook the opposition and moved into a new league of journalism.

David, American by birth, studied English at Trinity College, Hartford, in the US from 1963-67, and then joined Burroughs computer manufacturer on the sales side where he gained a strong knowledge of the then nascent IT industry.

He had a sparkling personality full of drive, enthusiasm and humour, and had a deep sense of humanity. He was a strong editor, being an inspirational leader, outstanding people-person and team builder. He was exceptionally good at nurturing upcoming journalists, and many of his appointments are scattered around the national media today.

He empowered his staff and also shielded them from any unwarranted external pressure or nonsense from industry or upstairs.

In his spare time, he excelled at tennis and was a good club squash player, playing regularly for Lewes Squash Club.

He became publisher and then deputy managing director of Computer Weekly, but was always at heart a journalist.

In 1990, he left to start up the UK operations of US IT publishing house Ziff Davis, becoming managing director and senior vice-president, Europe, for the company, until its sale to Dutch publisher VNU in July 2000.

By then, the Ziff Davis stable, with 10 magazines including IT Week, PC Magazine, PC Direct and PC Gaming World, was reportedly valued at over £50m.

On a personal note, I will always be grateful to him for giving me a break into journalism and for his support in my transition from academic to journalist. He was, however, appalled by my standard of tennis!

We send our condolences to his wife Vicky, who supported him strongly during his time at Computer Weekly, and his family.

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