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John Diebold

John DieboldAKA John Theurer Diebold

Born: 8-Jun-1926
Birthplace: Weehawken, NJ
Died: 26-Dec-2005
Location of death: Bedford Hills, NY
Cause of death: Cancer - Throat

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Author, Business, Computer Programmer
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Advocate of automation

Military service: US Merchant Marine (1944-45)

John Diebold (pronounced DEE-bold) was an early expert and tireless promoter of computer systems for accounting, business, and industrial purposes. His 1952 book Automation helped to define and popularize that new word automation and became a widely influential best-seller. Written in a time when there were about 100 computers in the entire world, each of which weighed tons, filled an entire room, and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, Diebold's Automation predicted a future of programmable devices for easy data storage and retrieval in banks, factories, hospitals, and general office applications, with computers integrated into all aspects of virtually every business.

He established John Diebold & Associates in 1954, one of the first technology consultancies, which provided advice on computer purchases and applications to a wide variety of major corporations. In 1961, his company (by then renamed Diebold Group) designed and installed the first electronic banking network, connecting the branches of New York City's Bowery Savings Bank. An unprecedented technological breakthrough, this system allowed managers at any branch of the bank to obtain customer balances instantly, reflecting deposits or withdrawals made mere moments earlier, even if those transactions took place at another branch.

Despite his uncommon last name, nothing in the record suggests that he was related to Charles Diebold, founder of the software and security firm Diebold, a prominent manufacturer of ATMs. His only known association with that company is that it was among the dozens of firms, organizations, cities, states, and nations for which his company provided consulting services. He retired in 1991, selling Diebold Group to Daimler-Benz, and died in 2005.

Father: William Diebold (lawyer)
Mother: Rose Theurer
Brother: William Diebold, Jr. (Council of Foreign Relations)
Wife: Doris Hackett (company treasurer, m. 22-Nov-1951, div.)
Daughter: Joan (b. 1962)
Wife: Vanessa
Daughter: Emma
Son: John

    High School: Weehawkeen High School, Weehawken, NJ
    University: BA, Swarthmore College (1947)
    University: BS Engineering, United States Merchant Marine Academy (1949)
    University: MBA, Harvard Business School (1951)

    Diebold Institute for Public Policy Studies Founder & Chairman (1968-91)
    Diebold Group Founder & CEO (1954-91)
    Griffenhagen & Associates Associate (1951-57)
    3M Consultant
    AFL-CIO Consultant
    American Can Consultant
    American Express Consultant
    American Hospital Association Consultant
    American International Group Consultant
    AT&T Consultant
    Bankers Trust Consultant
    Bell and Howell Consultant
    Bell Canada Consultant
    Bendix Consultant
    Bloomingdale's Consultant
    Boeing Consultant
    Bowery Savings Bank Consultant
    Burroughs Consultant
    Caltex Consultant
    CBS Consultant
    Chase Manhattan Bank Consultant
    CIGNA Consultant
    Citibank Consultant
    City of Chicago Consultant
    City of New York Consultant
    City of Savannah, GA Consultant
    Continental Airlines Consultant
    Continental Grain Company Consultant
    Control Data Corporation Consultant
    Corning Consultant
    Dean Witter Consultant
    Deere Consultant
    Diebold Consultant
    Doubleday Consultant
    Douglas Aircraft Consultant
    Dun & Bradstreet Consultant
    DuPont Consultant
    Ericsson Consultant
    Exxon Consultant
    Federal Reserve Bank of New York Consultant
    Gannett Consultant
    General Electric Consultant
    General Mills Consultant
    Georgia Pacific Consultant
    Goodrich Consultant
    Harris Bankcorp Consultant
    Hearst Consultant
    Hercules Consultant
    Honeywell Consultant
    Hoover Consultant
    IBM Consultant
    International Paper Consultant
    ITT Consultant
    J. M. Smucker Co. Consultant
    Johnson & Johnson Consultant
    K-Mart Consultant
    Kodak Consultant
    Lockheed Consultant
    Loral Corporation Consultant
    Lorillard Tobacco Consultant
    Lowe's Consultant
    Mattel Consultant
    MCA Consultant
    McDonnell Aircraft Consultant
    McKesson Consultant
    Mead Consultant
    Merck Consultant
    Metromedia Consultant
    The Minneapolis Star-Tribune Consultant
    Mitsubishi Consultant
    NASA Consultant
    NCR Consultant
    Nation of Indonesia Consultant
    Nation of Jordan Consultant
    Nation of Venezuela Consultant
    National Gypsum Company Consultant
    National Life Group Consultant
    National Science Foundation Consultant
    Neiman Marcus Consultant
    New York Presbyterian Hospital Consultant
    Norfolk Southern Consultant
    NYNEX Consultant
    Occidental Petroleum Consultant
    Owens-Illinois Consultant
    Peoples Energy Consultant
    Pfizer Consultant
    Pitney Bowes Consultant
    Polaroid Consultant
    PPG Industries Consultant
    Public Service Enterprise Group Consultant
    RCA Consultant
    Ralston Purina Consultant
    Raytheon Consultant
    Sandoz Consultant
    S. C. Johnson & Son Consultant
    Schering-Plough Consultant
    Scott Paper Consultant
    Seaboard Coast Line Industries Consultant
    Security Pacific National Bank Consultant
    Sherwin-Williams Consultant
    Small Business Administration Consultant
    Smith Barney Consultant
    Sonoco Products Consultant
    Southern Pacific Consultant
    Sperry Rand Consultant
    State of California Consultant
    State of Kansas Consultant
    State of Louisiana Consultant
    State of New Jersey Consultant
    State of New York Consultant
    State Street Corporation Consultant
    Sunbeam Consultant
    Sundstrand Consultant
    Swiss Re Consultant
    Tasty Baking Company Consultant
    Texaco Consultant
    Tidewater Consultant
    Time Consultant
    Toro Consultant
    Transamerica Consultant
    Travelers Corporation Consultant
    United Technologies Consultant
    US Customs Service Consultant
    US Labor Department Consultant
    Warner-Lambert Consultant
    Western Airlines Consultant
    Western Union Consultant
    Westinghouse Consultant
    WR Grace & Co. Consultant
    Xerox Consultant
    Carnegie Institution for Science Trustee Emeritus
    Charles Babbage Foundation Trustee
    Council on Foreign Relations
    Economic Club of New York
    International Chamber of Commerce
    Society for the History of Technology

Author of books:
Automation: The Advent of the Automatic Factory (1952, non-fiction)
Beyond Automation: Managerial Problems of an Exploding Technology (1964, non-fiction)
The Social Impact of Cybernetics (1966, non-fiction)
Man and the Computer: Technology as An Agent of Social Change (1969, non-fiction)
Business Decisions and Technological Change (1970, non-fiction)
The Role of Business in Society (1982, non-fiction)
Making the Future Work (1984, non-fiction)
Business in the Age of Information (1985, non-fiction)
Managing Information: The Challenge and the Opportunity (1985, non-fiction)
The Innovators: The Discoveries, Inventions, and Bbreakthroughs (1990, non-fiction)
Transportation Infostructures (1995, non-fiction)
Information Technology in the 21st Century (1998, non-fiction)
Maintaining Profitability in An Increasingly Complex Environment (1998, non-fiction)

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