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BURTON ALLEN YALE Sr.

Yale Sr., Burton Allen, age 81, Lake Elsinore, California, passed away Friday, June 28, 2013 at his residence as the result of natural causes.

Born December 2, 1931 in Bradford, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Clarence Raymond "CR" and Lena Yale.

Mr. Yale was a Navy veteran, having served from 1948-1950.

After returning from his service in the Navy, Mr. Yale graduated Bradford High School in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Yale went on to college at the University of Buffalo, graduating in 1956 with dual degrees in Mathematics and Engineering.

Mr. Yale worked as a computer engineer and marketing representative for Cornell Aeronautical Labs, Bell Aircraft, Bendix, TRW and Honeywell.

In 1967 Mr. Yale co-founded General Automation with Larry Goshorn.

Under their direction General Automation developed a line of computer products that served as the basis of industrial automation systems.

Within four years, the company went public with an initial offering of 420,000 shares at $47 per share.

In 1974, with sales of $61 million, General Automation was the 4th largest "minicomputer" company in the world.

In October 1975 Mr. Yale and Mr. Goshorn were featured in a human interest article by TIME Magazine titled: "Bibles in the Boardroom".

During the 1970's, Mr. Yale had a passion for sailboat racing, racing his boat from Newport Beach, California to Ensenada many times.

Mr. Yale was an avid snow skier, frequenting ski areas throughout the United States and Europe.

In his 50's, Mr. Yale took up marathon running, competing in numerous races including the New York City Marathon in the early 1980's.

In the 1980's Mr. Yale moved from California back to his home town of Bradford, Pennsylvania and opened BAY Chevrolet in 1986. He was given the "Keys to the City" by the Mayor for his contributions to Bradford.

Mr. Yale is survived by five children: Burton Allen Yale Jr., Jamie (Yale) Bilezikjian, Tamie (Yale) Farinacci, Timothy Yale and Roburt Yale; nine grandchildren: Thomas Farinacci, Gina Catalina Colucci, Katerina Yale, John Farinacci, Madison Yale, Adam Yale, Harry Yale, Burton Allen Yale 3rd and Natalie Rose Yale; brother, James Yale; sisters, Betty Langianese and Patricia Yale; his former wife, Priscilla Jane Perry of Eldred, Pennsylvania. Mr. Yale was pre-deceased by his former wife, Phyllis Ann Baldwin of Bedford, Indiana; his brother, Dean Yale; and sister, Kay Yale-Leupold.

During his later years, Mr. Yale enjoyed spending time with friends, family and especially his dogs Sunny and Baily.

On his request, Mr. Yale's body was donated to science. There will be a small private family memorial service in the near future.


Published in Orange County Register on July 10, 2013
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