GORDON Foulger, a computer pioneer and former Bracknell church organist, has died, aged 69.
He entered into the computer world after reading general science at Queen Mary College, University of London, in 1963.
He wrote programs for Premium Bonds, Giro and the first telephone billing system for the General Post Office, seconded from International Computers Ltd.
In 1972 Mr Foulger moved to Bracknell with his family, working for EMI Records Ltd. In 1978 he became database specialist for Honeywell Control Systems Ltd, based in Bracknell, a job that took him around the world. In 1994 he was moved from England to Motherwell, Scotland, and became a database consultant, installing and maintaining databases and supporting 40 databases Europe-wide. His career spanned 43 years until he retired in 2006 and he gave lectures on the early computers and on LEO III.
He was secretary for the Glasgow branch of the British Computer Society 2002-4 and had previously been a commitee member for four years, meeting regulary at the University of Strathclyde.
Mr Foulger was born in August 1942 at Crayford, Kent, where his father George, was serving in the RAF. At the age of two he was evacuated with his mother Kathleen from Bexleyheath to Wrexham, North Wales, and later returned to England with a Welsh accent. He was educated at Dartford Grammar School, Kent, where Mick Jagger was one of his contemporaries.
For many years Mr Foulger was organist at Northumberland Heath Baptist church, Erith, Kent, where he met his wife Kay [Sparkes]. He was later the organist at Bracknell Baptist Chuch. He was a keen railway enthusiast most of his life and a keen caravaner, attending Bible weeks with his family and other church members in England.
Later, when he went to live in Scotland, he would join up with the Clan Gathering Bible Weeks (known as Christians Linked Across The Nation) held at St Andrew's, Fife, with his wife.
Mr Foulger died on Monday, November 21, in Scotland.
He is survived by Kay, whom he married in 1969, and two sons Kevin and Duncan.
Written by KAY FOULGER.
The Obituary includes a photo of Mr Foulger dressed in a suit and smiling, with the caption:
Expert in his field: Gordon Foulger worked for EMI Records and Honeywell in Bracknell.
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