KMI Research Founder Dies

John N. Kessler, founder and former president of KMI Research, dies at home at 71

February 7, 2003

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NEWPORT, R.I. -- John N. Kessler, the founder and former president of KMI Research, an internationally recognized market research and consulting firm with areas of specialization in fiberoptics and communications, died Jan. 30 at home in Newport, RI. He was 71.Mr. Kessler established KMI in 1974. The company became the first consulting firm to forecast the worldwide market for fiberoptics. In the 1970s, Mr. Kessler also launched the company’s annual Newport Conference on Fiberoptics Markets, held in Newport, RI. The event will be held for the 26th time this year on September 29th through October 1st."Jack was a pioneer in reporting on fiberoptics markets worldwide. His legacy will live in KMI Research. We are proud to have had a 12-year relationship with Jack. That relationship culminated in PennWell Corporation’s acquisition of KMI Research in June of 1999. We also are proud to be the ones charged with carrying on the work,” said David Janoff, President of KMI Research."Mr. Kessler was responsible for the publication of hundreds of market studies, newsletters, conferences, and directories covering the fiberoptics industry. Mr. Kessler wrote the first article on fiberoptics for an engineering audience while at Electronics Magazine in New York. He was also associate editor at Satellite and Microwave World, two McGrawHill publications. Prior to his work at the magazines, he worked for ten years at Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ. Mr. Kessler is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.He was on the board of directors for the International Wire and Cable Symposium, and he was a member of the National Press Club, the IEEE, the Newport Yacht Club, and the Aquidneck Island Horseman’s Association.He is survived by his wife, Lois Kennedy Kessler of Newport, RI, a son, Tod Kessler of Middletown, RI, two daughters, Sara Lyn Kessler of Newport, RI, and Jacalyn Dietrich of Voluntown, CT, a brother, Edward P. Kessler of CA, a sister, Dorothy Rudo of NY, and three grandsons, Benjamin Kessler, Nicholas Ferguson, and Connor Ferguson.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Channing Memorial Church, 135 Pelham Street, Newport, RI 02840, Temple Shalom, 220 Valley Road, Middletown, RI 02842, Visiting Nurse Service of Newport and Bristol Counties Hospice, 1184 East Main Road, Portsmouth, RI 02871, or to the Aquidneck Island Horseman’s Association (AIHA), 4 Orville Drive, Middletown, RI 02842.

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