14 July 2023
Harold Abraham Mauch was a husband, father, engineer, and pilot, and founder of Percom Data. Here are some highlights of his life.
The picture above is Harold around 1976 in his office which was a portable building in his back yard.
Harold was born in Wyoming and went to John Brown University in Arkansas where he received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1966. For a short time Harold worked at a radio station in Nebraska where their daughter was born. After college, Harold and Lucy moved to Garland Texas just north of Dallas. Harold worked for Collins Radio, TI and ICP, and Lucy worked for Collins Radio and Xerox.
Along with ham radio and other electronics Harold became interested computers during the mid-70s. This lead to him being president of the Dallas computer club for a while then participating in the Kansas City Standard. This ultimately lead him to design a cassette interface product under the Percom name in 1976. The rest is history they say.
As Percom succeeded Harold proceeded to a new hobby of flying and had a hang glider then latter a Cessna airplane. Harold did a lot in the time he was given and he was an inspiration to many.
Here are some pictures of Harold doing his thing, roughly in life order...
Summer of 1982 Harold became ill and received an unexpected diagnosis of leukemia. At that time he was working on the Percom hard disk product, just married off his daughter, and was doing as much flying as he was able to squeeze in. Harold passed in August. The outpouring from people who Harold knew, and even many he didn't, was overwhelming.