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James E. Thornton

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-Thornton, James E. Of St. Paul, died peacefully on January 11th, 2005 surrounded by his family. Jim helped engineer one of the world's first supercomputers prior to starting a company that helped launch the computer networking industry. He attended Cretin High School and the University of Minnesota, and served in the US Navy during WWII. While at Control Data he helped build their first supercomputer and in 1974 co-founded Network Systems. He was known to the Twin Cities business community as a computer pioneer and technology entrepreneur; to his longtime friends as a loyal ally and bowling partner; to his children a loving father with a fine-tuned sense of humor; and a caring partner to Gloria, his wife of 53 years. He was born to Irish immigrants in St. Paul on September 25, 1925. During his career, he served on the boards of his High School, the University of St. Thomas, the University of Minnesota, and several technology companies. He was an active supporter of education, the Catholic Faith and childrens' health care causes. He is survived by: his wife Gloria; daughters Mary (Sid) Larson, Therese (Perry) Canton, and Brigid (Paul) Henry; sons Mike (Lynn Casey), Patrick (Leslie), James, and Brendan (Joan) all of the Twin Cities area; 15 grandchildren: one great grandson; and many wonderful friends and colleagues. Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 AM Saturday Jan. 15th at THE CHURCH of ST. MARK, Dayton & Moore Aves. St. Paul. Interment Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation 4-8 PM Friday Jan. 14th at O'HALLORAN & MURPHY Snelling Ave. Chapel 575 So. Snelling Ave. St. Paul 651-698-0796. Memorials preferred to St. John Vianney Seminary.
  
Published in Pioneer Press from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2005
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