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Thomas Vincent Learson was born on September 26, 1912 and raised in Roslindale. He was the son of Richard J. Learson and Katharine E. Goode-Learson. Mr. Learson graduated from Boston Latin School in 1931, then majored in math at Harvard University where he graduated in 1935. After graduation, he joined IBM and spent his entire 38 year career with the company. From June 1971 to January 1973 he was the chief executive officer and regarded as the driving force behind the IBM System/360 project. This was a huge and risky endeavor but its success ensured IBM’s dominance in the mainframe computer market. From 1975 to 1977 he was ambassador-at-large for Law of the Sea Matters and special representative of the President for the Law of the Sea Conference and Chief of Delegation. Mr. Learson died on November 4, 1996 and is interred with his wife Gladys in Hawthorne, New York.