[Athen] Fwd: Jim Thatcher has died

Howard Kramer hkramer at ahead.org
Thu Dec 12 12:38:00 PST 2019

I'm not sure this has been discussed on the ATHEN or WebAIM lists but I saw
this post by Richard Ladner about the passing of Jim Thatcher and thought I
would share it since it was such as nice tribute. Jim came to AHG a few
times and I saw him regularly up to a few years ago at CSUN and other
conferences. Definitely a great guy and a pioneer in the field of


---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Richard Ladner <ladner at cs.washington.edu>
Date: Tue, Dec 10, 2019 at 10:56 AM
Subject: Jim Thatcher has died
To: <access-announcements at acm.org>

*Jim Thatcher passed away on December 7, 2019 at the age of 83.*

He was the first recipient of the SIGACCESS Outstanding Contribution Award
in 2008.

While working for IBM he developed the first screen readers for personal

His website <https://jimthatcher.com/>is being maintained by Knowbility.

He was a very good man.

Richard E. Ladner
Professor Emeritus
Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Washington


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