*NEWS*CHARLES HOLT,XEROX INNOVATOR ,DIES

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*NEWS*CHARLES HOLT,XEROX INNOVATOR ,DIES

 user 2005-10-04 at 10:49:00 am Views: 240
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    Charles Holt, Xerox innovator, dies

    Retired engineer credited with leading firm’s digital transition
    oct 2005 – Charles “Chip” Holt of Victor, the Xerox Corp. executive
    known as the father of the company’s revolutionary DocuTech line of
    copiers, died Saturday of cancer. He was 67.
    Mr. Holt was the chief engineer and executive in charge of creating the
    original DocuTech. When it came to market in 1990, DocuTech was the
    first truly digital copier, pushing Xerox away from its traditional
    light-lens analog copying business and toward a business plan that
    focused on digitally created documents.
    The DocuTech line merged copying and digital technology and helped turn
    copiers into devices that allowed scanning, faxing, editing and
    printing.
    The DocuTech line is credited with helping to create the Print-on-Demand industry, worth an estimated $30 billion annually.
    “Perhaps more than any person since (xerography inventor) Chester
    Carlson and (early company executive) John Dessauer, Chip provided
    technical vision and leadership that transformed the Xerox
    Corporation,” said Charles Duke, a colleague on the DocuTech launch who
    serves as vice president and senior research fellow at Xerox’s Wilson
    Center for Research and Technology in Webster.
    “Chip was both the architect and initial implementer of this product line,” Duke said.
    Holt retired from Xerox in 1999.
    In 2004, the DocuTech line had contributed $17 billion in sales to
    Xerox. In 2003, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    honored Xerox with the corporate research equivalent of the Nobel prize
    for the creation of DocuTech.
    Mr. Holt is survived by his wife, Kathleen Knapp Holt; two daughters, Shawnee Krawiec and Kristie Holt; and three grandchildren.
    Mr. Holt was an avid golfer who loved to cook, his wife said.
    “He loved being with his friends and he had an incredible number of friends,” she said
    .