The past year has been filled with unexpected life challenges
and deep heart ache. Many of you know that my
unexpectedly in September of 2012. Most of you do not know that
the following February Meres (Mack), my husband, my best friend,
my partner in business and life, was diagnosed with Stage IV
Colon Cancer. He passed on Sept 28, 2013.
Meres was always a leading edge thinker who enjoyed conceiving
answers to problems – often before they were recognized - and
working to make his visions reality. He believed in the power of
ideas and the bigger the idea the better!
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois he studied architectural design
before entering the US Air Force where he participated in early
applications of computer technology and information systems to
military and business challenges. Meres was particularly adept
at long range planning and attracted interest from The Institute
for the Future for his thinking about shrinking the time
frames for moving data/information throughout a vertical
As an entrepreneur he created a variety of companies in
industries ranging from design to food manufacturing to
information delivery systems. Often ahead of his time, many of
his ideas shaped business information and communications systems
that are common place today and known as Real Time Media, Real
Time Messaging, and Crowdsourcing.
Some of his accomplishments that meant the most to Mack were:
** Designing a prototype system linking suppliers and healthcare
providers by phone (pre-internet!) to expedite prescription fulfillment
participating on the design team for one of the first outpatient
surgical facilities to provide physicians an alternative to
hospital service delivery.
Developing pre-packaged frozen entrees
for individuals with special nutritional requirements, a
precursor to Lean Cuisine and Weight Watchers genre of prepared
** Writing, directing and producing a play in Los Angeles featuring 5 leading
gospel choirs...that opened and closed in one night. :-)
** Transforming the vitamin industry from specialty distribution
in health food stores to
mass marketing through supermarkets as well as on the unique
merchandising challenges that supermarkets faced as they
attempted to meet the demands of a segmenting consumer base.
founding of MediaLink International Corporation a research &
development firm focused on the application of communications
and information technologies to the marketing and transactional
environment of the post-scanner supermarket industry.
Launching the Food Business Network the first high-speed
video/data network for a vertical industry. Linking the food
industry (manufacturing, distribution, retail, etc.) together
- pre-internet days. FBN broadcast industry information,
provided high speed data delivery and messaging and laid the
groundwork for electronic data interchange and point of sale
consumer services by satellite. Before being purchased Meres
expanded the network to reach approximately 20% ($40 billion
dollars) of the U.S. Food
industry's total wholesale buying power in less than two years.
His influence and avocation of the use of electronic debit cards
for food stamp recipients in the State of California and on the
nation 30 years later. It was as much about creating a more
efficient system as it was maintaining the dignity of the card
** Initiating the development of a large scale information
management system to support joint planning between business and
government for disaster recovery.
Introducing computer-based tools & methodologies for large
scale, distributed collaboration to
Rebuild LA as part of the recovery process following the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
** Recognizing the need to address the
housing and healthcare issues facing the U.S. with the rapidly approaching
problem of retiring boomers: too many people and not enough beds.
How to use technology to age in place was the focus of the
initial research. It was expanded to look at integrating
universal/accessible design with technology and AIPatHome.com
It's hard to convey the who, what and why of a person in a few
paragraphs and I admire the people who are capable of doing
that. I am not one of them.
Recounting some of his achievements in life gives you
sense of Meres but does not adequately show his deep passion for
life, his unwavering (sometimes maddening!) optimism, belief in his
own “voice” and encouraging others to find theirs and the
importance of taking a risk. Putting yourself
out there for what you believe. And most of all, that he was a kind, funny,
Your patience during this time has been deeply appreciated. Next
year we expect to resume publishing of the Bulletin while
discovering a new rhythm as we move forward with AIPatHome related projects. Specifically, proceeding with
the establishment of an AIP Demonstration Home in St. George,
Utah for which the groundwork has already been laid.
I wish you the best of everything in 2014,
Over My Head, I Hear Music In the
Meres 'Mack' McCarroll, Jr.
March 1, 1942 - Sept. 28, 2013