Shortly after he retired from Xerox, Dr. Dessauer set up a modest suite of offices for "J. M. D. Associates" in Pittsford, a Rochester suburb. "J" was for John; "M'' was for his wife, Margaret; and "Associates'' was for his three children. When asked what J. M. D. Associates did, he replied, "It's simply an office devoted to the goal of helping people. It's not a business venture. I'm no longer interested in personal profit. I just want now to devote myself mainly to education and religious and charitable works."
John Dessauer closes his book, My Years with Xerox, by observing: "Though the machine has in many ways made man immensely richer, it can also do harm and impoverish him unless he uses it with prudence. This is the challenge that awaits those who follow us. One can only hope that they will meet it with a sense of high responsibility not only to themselves but to all mankind. As new scientific discoveries and new technologies become available at an even faster pace, finding ways of applying them for the welfare of society will be the greatest opportunity that awaits man in the future."
We can only agree—and give thanks that the world was privileged to benefit from John Dessauer's fine mind and good heart.