John Ivinson, who was president of the British Computer Society from 2002 to 2003, passed away on 11 July 2007 at the age of 63.
Ivinson had a 40-year career in computing. He was an energetic and boisterous character, who thought the status quo was for other people and who could always suggest an improvement. These characteristics enabled him to make a major contribution wherever he went.
In the BCS, he was one of a succession of presidents who worked to modernise the organisation. He contributed well because, as a member of the working party that achieved the society's Royal Charter in 1980-84, he knew his history.
Outside the BCS, Ivinson was gregarious, often to be found in the industry's areas for relaxation, such as the Real Time Club, and also in the International Wine and Food Society and any restaurant whose chef shared his high standards.
He was also concerned to make a contribution to society, and on his death, many expressions of admiration came from fellow long-term members of Unesco committees.
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