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Ira Stanley Hertzoff was born on Election Day, November 5, 1940, the third child of Max and Dorothy (nee Spitzer). He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and City College of New York and also attended the New School for Social Research. He was a social worker at a chronic disease hospital in NYC, married Joyce Spanglet in 1965, and because of his interest in the capabilities of early computers, transferred to the Department of Investigations to use computers to detect Medicare fraud. After their daughter was born, the couple moved to Coram on Long Island, NY. Their son was born three years later. Later, Ira became the head of computer security for the American Electric Power company and the family moved to Ohio when the company headquarters moved there. Ira was a founding partner in the early networking company I-LAN, wrote articles for Assets Management and a book on what would become electronic messaging. He and his wife moved to Albuquerque, NM in 2008 where he continued his interest in all things electronic but also baked bagels and bialys for friends and family. He died on 2/23/23 at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, daughter Hilary Lynn Hertzoff, son Andrew Scott Hertzoff, daughter-in-law Julie J. Scott, sister Beverly Rubin, nieces, nephews, cousin Anna Eisenstadt, their families, and many friends.
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