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MCCRACKEN--Daniel D., died peacefully at home July 30th, just after his 81st birthday. Survived by: Helen Blumenthal, wife of 31 years; seven children; a stepson; many grands and greats. Author in 1957 of the first computing textbook; thousands learned programming from Professor McCracken, who held degrees in Mathematics, Chemistry and Divinity. His 25 titles - including one edited with Margaret Mead - have sold 1.6+ million copies in 15 languages. Past President of Association of Computing Machinery; former City College Computer Sciences Department Chair, where he taught until his death. Funeral August 2, 10am at Plaza, 630 Amsterdam. Shivah minyan in the family's home, Tuesday and Wednesday 7:30pm. Donations to Daniel McCracken Memorial Fund, CCNY.

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 1, 2011