Edward Dancy Jr., a founder of FGIPC, dies

Edward Dancy Jr., a founder of FGIPC, dies

Edward D. Dancy Jr., who helped pioneer remote-access systems while with the General Services Administration and was a founder of the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils, died Feb. 26 in Pensacola Beach, Fla., where he had lived for the past 10 years.

Dancy served 14 years as director of automated data and telecommunications services for GSA's Southeast Region. At his retirement, GSA awarded him the Meritorious Service Medal for work in remote-access multiuser systems and data centers. He was one of the founders in 1978 of FGIPC, a nonprofit organization that fosters communication among government IT executives and industry representatives.

'Ed was one of the kingpins,' said Howard P. Ady III, a former Defense Department official who was FGIPC president from 1986 to 1987. 'He was my go-to guy when there was a problem, the seasoned sage to draw on for knowledge and history of the organization.'

Dancy, born in 1924, was an Air Force bomber pilot in World War II and remained a Reserve officer, retiring as a colonel. He received the Legion of Merit medal for leadership in disaster preparedness. After retirement from GSA, he joined OAO Corp. of Greenbelt, Md., as vice president of IT.

In 1996, FGIPC named Dancy its IT industry executive of the year. 'He was a superb supporter of everything FGIPC stood for,' said Neil J. Stillman, former deputy CIO of the Health and Human Services Department and FGIPC president from 1994 to 1999.

Dancy is survived by his wife, Elaine, a son and daughter, four granddaughters and a great-grandson. Funeral services were held in Florida earlier this month.

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