Koji Kobayashi, 89, an industrial visionary who...


Koji Kobayashi, 89, an industrial visionary who built NEC Corp. of Japan into a leader in the world electronics industry, died Saturday in a hospital in Tokyo.

He served as president of NEC from 1964 until 1976 and then as chairman until 1988, overseeing the company's expansion from its initial business of telephone equipment into computers and computer chips.

Today, NEC is the largest supplier of personal computers in Japan and is the second largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world, behind Intel Corp. of the United States.

He coined NEC's watchword, "C & C," which stands for computers and communication, a reference to his belief that the computer and telecommunications industries would merge.

Douglas Guest, 80, who was the organist and choir director at Westminster Abbey from 1963 to 1981, died Nov. 18 after a long illness in London.

Anna Pollak, 84, a mezzo-soprano associated for many years with the Sadler's Wells opera company, died Thursday in London. She made her debut at Sadler's Wells in 1945 as Dorabella in Mozart's "Cosi fan Tutte."

Pub Date: 12/02/96

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