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Dr. J.  Robert  Beyster   Obituary       At  a  time  when  business  ownership  was  usually  kept  closely  held  among  a  handful   of  executives,  Dr.  J.  Robert  Beyster’s  philosophy  was  different:  “Those  who   contribute  to  the  company  should  own  it,  and  ownership  should  be  commensurate   with  a  person’s  contribution  and  performance.”     Dr.  Beyster  put  this  philosophy  into  practice  when,  in  1969,  he  founded  Science   Applications  International  Corporation  (SAIC)  in  La  Jolla,  California  with  a  handful   of  scientists.  From  the  beginning,  SAIC  was  an  employee-­‐owned  firm.  The   business—the  largest  employee-­‐owned  research  and  engineering  firm  in  the  United   States—grew  to  annual  revenues  of  $11  billion  before  it  was  split  into  two  separate   companies  in  2013.     Dr.  Beyster  died  of  natural  causes  on  Monday,  December  22,  2014  at  his  home  in  La   Jolla,  California—wearing  his  favorite  sailing  clothes,  including  an  America’s  Cup   jacket  and  his  University  of  Michigan  cap.  His  wife,  Betty,  and  family  were  with  him.   He  was  90  years  old.     Dr.  Beyster  was  born  in  Detroit,  Michigan,  in  1924  to  John  F.  and  Lillian  E.  Beyster,   and  he  grew  up  in  Grosse  Ile,  Michigan.  He  attended  Slocum  Truax  High  School  in   Trenton,  Michigan,  and  was  salutatorian  of  his  graduating  class.  As  he  prepared  to   graduate  from  high  school,  the  United  States  entered  World  War  II,  and  he  enlisted   in  the  Navy.  He  was  sent  by  the  Navy  to  the  University  of  Michigan,  where  he  was   enrolled  in  the  V12  Officer  Training  Program.  He  was  commissioned  as  an  ensign,   and  eventually  served  on  a  destroyer  based  in  Norfolk,  Virginia  before  leaving  the   service  six  months  later.  Beyster  received  a  B.S.E.  in  engineering  and  physics  in   1945,  a  master’s  degree  in  physics  in  1947,  and  a  doctorate  in  physics  in  1950—all   from  the  University  of  Michigan.      

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J. Robert Beyster Obituary  
J. Robert Beyster Obituary  

Born 1924 Died 2014

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