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Victor Dale Poor, 79, died on Friday, August 17, 2012. He was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Pinckney Peyton Poor and Leona Lucille Poor nee Mallory, both deceased.
He is survived by his wife, Florence Ann Poor; son, Meredith Norman Poor; daughters, Shirley Jean Schmidt and Noreen Dell Poor; and sister, Dixie Lee Hagerth.
As a boy Victor had a passion for radio communications: by high school he had built from discarded radios his own radio transceiver and by 1951 he was an amateur radio operator with radio call sign W6JSO. He served for four years in the US Navy as an electronics technician, which helped launch his remarkable career in electronics and the computer industry. Victor was a principal in his start-up company Frederick Electronics in Frederick, Maryland, from 1959 to 1969, technical director of Datapoint Corporation in San Antonio, Texas, from 1969 until his first retirement in 1984, and president of Image Data Corporation between 1985 and 1988. During his tenure at Datapoint Corporation, Victor contributed significantly to the development of the first computer microprocessor. In 1994, he moved to Melbourne, Florida, to serve as interim president for AirNet, which was a company spun off from Harris Corporation.
Victor's lifelong hobbies were operating amateur radio, flying airplanes, and sailing boats.
Victor and his wife Florence loved to sail. Their earliest cruises were out of Corpus Christi, Texas, and included adventures to the Yucatan peninsula. In 1984, Victor and Florence sailed their 50-ft sloop Elsinore across the Atlantic Ocean and toured the western Mediterranean Sea; between 1988 and 1990, they lived aboard a 37-ft catamaran Aransas Light and explored the coastlines of the Gulf of Mexico, the Bahamas, and the eastern seaboard as far north as the Chesapeake Bay; between 1990 and 1994 they moved to a diesel-powered 50-ft trawler Excaliber to sightsee along the Inland Waterway between Seattle, Washington, and Skagway, Alaska.
The challenges of communicating by radio while at sea led Victor to develop software that integrates Internet with amateur radio to store and forward messages; this system is today part of a major amateur-supported emergency communications network.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Aug. 19, 2012