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In Memoriam Frederick Pratter
Frederick E. Pratter, Ph.D., was a business consultant, information systems architect, and lead instructor for Destiny Corporation in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, at the time of his death.
For Destiny, he implemented a number of large-scale EBI, EDI, SPDS, and Grid applications for major corporate and government clients. From 2002 to 2011 he was a tenured Associate Professor of Computer Science and Multimedia Studies in the Division of Science, Mathematics, and Technology at Eastern Oregon University at La Grande. Prior to that, he was a Senior Scientist and Information Technology Director at Abt Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for 18 years. He was a SAS user for nearly 40 years and had extensive experience developing SAS Web applications. He specialized in Base SAS, SAS macro language, SAS/ACCESS, SAS/CONNECT, SAS/SHARE, SAS/STAT, SAS/IntrNet, SAS Enterprise BI, and Platform LSF software.
Dr. Pratter was an active contributor and speaker at local, regional, and national SAS user group conferences, including SAS Global Forum, PharmaSUG, NESUG, SESUG, PNWSUG, and WUSS.
Frederick died June 25, 2014 at the age of 66, in Las Vegas, Nevada, of brain cancer. He is survived by his third wife, Surayo Qurbonova; four children, Julia Findon, David Pratter, Rachel McCoy and Alex Qurbonova; six stepchildren, Victor Seastone, October Moynahan, Claire Seastone, Eliza Seastone, Thomas Seastone and Mahmud Qurbonova; and one grandson, Frazier McCoy.
Frederick will be remembered by all who knew him for his brilliant mind and restless soul. His interests were vast and eclectic: he loved history, art, vintage aircraft, fine food and drink, and music, particularly opera. He traveled the world, effortlessly learning new languages as he went. He was a born teacher; he wrote and lectured on subjects from computer science to utopias in his characteristically rich, deeply informed style. He was an avid reader, reputed to have read a book every day of his life. Before he died, he gave his impressive book collection, including fifty years of science fiction, to his local public library. He was a natural storyteller with an amazing memory, and never missed the chance to make a classical allusion or a terrible pun.