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Ms. Winifred Asprey Tim

IBM Corporation

HQ Phone: (914) 499-1900

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IBM Corporation

1 New Orchard Road

Armonk, New York 10504

United States

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IBM is a globally integrated technology and consulting company headquartered in Armonk, N.Y. With operations in more than 170 countries, IBM attracts and retains some of the world's most talented people to help solve problems and provide an edge for busin ... more

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For me, Winifred "Tim" Asprey was such a person.

While a student at Vassar College, I met Ms. Asprey in 1967. Ms. Asprey, herself a Vassar Graduate (1938) had posted a note on a library bulletin board offering a non-credit course in Fortran, a popular computer programming language of that time.
As Ms. Asprey, visionary that she was up until her October 19th, 2007 death at the age of 90, explained computers and computer languages to our very small class, I somehow absorbed it all. She gave us our first assignment, writing a Fortran 10 Factorial. I did my assignment and handed it in. My program ran perfectly the very first time. While handing back the listings, Ms. Asprey looked deeply at me. "Who are you? she demanded. "I know all my students. Why haven't I seen you in any of my classes before now?" I cringed. My immediate thought was that I had gotten excused from all math and science requirements at Vassar because I had gone to an extremely advanced high school where I had taken college level math, science and chemistry courses and done very well. I feared that Ms. Asprey would now find some reason to block my upcoming graduation for lack of necessary math credits! Pretty defensively, I asked, "Why?" She saw right through me. "Because," she replied, "I have never met anyone who could write a computer program perfectly the first time." "Well, all it is, is language and logic," I replied, still defensive. "All it is, is language and logic," she echoed, at one and the same time teasing and totally delighted. I would soon discover about Ms. Asprey that her greatest talent was developing a mind; and her greatest joy, putting two or more minds together to see what would happen! At the end of the non-credit course in Fortran, Ms. Asprey declared: "There's an IBM recruiter coming to campus in a few weeks. Go!" When Ms. Asprey ordered you to do something, I had learned, you did it.
As Divine Grace would have it, I felt to travel 4 hours to Poughkeepsie, NY, this past June (2007) and visit Ms. Asprey in her home.
It was only natural that Ms. Asprey would live there when she herself returned to the Vassar math department to teach. I feel so blessed that I was guided to go, and to thank in person, this amazing woman who changed the course of my life. She laughed delightedly as I shared the incredibly funny story of how I got hired by IBM and many stories of what's happened in my life since, including the many contributions I made to the computer industry while I was an active part of it. Although her body was quite frail, her mind was totally alert, active. She was fascinated when I shared with her how I came to be doing what I'm doing now, including animal communication, spiritual healing, and using the EPFX/SCIO/Quantum biofeedback device. Genius that she is, she understood instantly as I explained what I could repeat of its fractal analysis, fourier transform, homeopathic and crystal basis (clearly, not discussions I have with most people!). Even though I've had nothing to do with the design of the EPFX/SCIO, the device that I use, I HAVE recognized its genius and its pioneering nature ... and with her delight, I felt proud that somehow I was carrying on a very distinguished Vassar tradition of working with and applying highly advanced, visionary, computer technology! For most people, I might now say, "Rest in Peace. But for Ms. Asprey, I say, tears in my eyes, "Thank you!

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